There are multiple opportunities to engage around surveillance by learning from experts and sharing your own knowledge and challenges. Here are some of the ways to participate:
Communities of Practice
A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as “a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis.” ISDS currently supports two Communities of Practice, the National Syndromic Surveillance Program CoP and the One Health Surveillance CoP.
There are several Community Forums where members may ask questions, join in discussions, and share files. These are online discussion rooms open to all persons and address a wide range of topics. You are welcome to join as many as you wish.
Committees and Workgroups
Committees are smaller groups, not generally open for community-wide input and discussion. Committees are structured small groups of participants committed to organizing around a specific area, for example, NSSP CoP Steering Committee and the Research Committee. Workgroups are specifically task oriented with a start date and an end date. They have set deliverables and a timeline for achieving those goals. They include a point-person who is responsible for following up about the deliverables. To join a Committee or Workgroup, you may click on the Join Group button or send a request to the Group Administrator and upon acceptance may participate in the group.
Surveillance Knowledge Repository
Knowledge sharing will help the surveillance community integrate syndromic surveillance more fully into daily practice, using its inherent early-warning capabilities to complement ongoing surveillance. The ISDS Surveillance Knowledge Repository is a web-based database of Syndromic Surveillance resources, including webinars, syndrome definitions, use cases, stories of surveillance in action, and much more, that is available for public health practitioners. Explore the KR to find answers to commonly asked Syndromic Surveillance and public health questions.