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What's the NSSP Community of Practice?

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program's Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. Membership in the NSSP CoP includes state, local and federal public health practitioners with responsibilities for syndromic surveillance in their organizations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, health care and academia.

Membership is voluntary and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance.

Why Participate?

Participation in the NSSP CoP will help public health practitioners stay abreast of advances in the science and practice of syndromic surveillance.

The NSSP CoP provides numerous benefits:

NSSP CoP Membership and Group Participation

Membership in the NSSP CoP is voluntary and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance. Participation in groups (committees, workgroups) is also voluntary. Committees are small, structured groups of CoP members organized around specific functional areas (i.e., data quality, syndrome definitions). Workgroups are also small groups, but the members typically have a task at hand driven by set deliverables and timeline for achieving goals.

Group Overview

Expand the table below to see regularly scheduled activities for the NSSP CoP, committees, and workgroups; meeting frequency; group mission; and representatives to contact if you’re interested in joining. Visit the NSSP CoP Calendar of Events for meeting details.

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
3rd Tuesday of the month;
3–4:30 PM ET
1 hour 30 minutes

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program's Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. NSSP CoP members include state, local, and federal public health practitioners with responsibility for syndromic surveillance within their organizations (nonprofit and for-profit, healthcare, and academia).

Chair:
Deputy Chair:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
2nd Monday of the month;
1–2:30 PM ET
1 hour 30 minutes
The NSSP CoP steering committee comprises experts from various surveillance disciplines who oversee CoP activities to ensure the syndromic surveillance community's needs are being met. The committee also serves as a conduit between the community and CDC and other stakeholders. The steering committee champions the causes that are important to and representative of the syndromic surveillance community.
Chair:
Deputy Chair:
Past Deputy Chair:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
2nd Friday of the month,
12–1:00 PM ET
1 hour
To engage the NSSP CoP to identify and address syndromic data quality issues and concerns through thoughtful discussion and inclusion of outside stakeholders. The DQC fosters relationships among all groups with a hand in syndromic messaging to improve syndromic surveillance practice for everyone.
Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassador:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Ad hoc

To create a metric visualization tool that public health jurisdictions can use to help them connect and collaborate in resolving data quality issues with electronic health record vendors.

Co-Chairs:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Quarterly
2nd Tuesday of the month;
12:30–1:30 PM ET
1 hour

To gather and share information about urgent care data surveillance, create documentation, and help each other with onboarding issues, concerns, and best practices.

Chair:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
1st Wednesday of the month,
1–2:00 PM ET
1 hour

To organize and connect NSSP CoP members interested in overdose surveillance and facilitate discussion on various issues concerning to this topic. The overall goal is to best use the information to enhance communication between the NSSP CoP and overdose experts from different disciplines.

Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassador:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
1st Wednesday of the month,
1–2:00 PM ET
1 hour

To create, evaluate, and refine syndrome definitions; to link users with similar syndrome definition needs; and to document these processes. We aim to be a resource for collaboration and best practices in the syndrome definition creation process.

Chair:
Steering Committee Ambassador:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Monthly
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month,
2–2:45 PM ET
45 minutes

To help syndromic surveillance and public health preparedness professionals fully integrate syndromic surveillance data and information into emergency preparedness and response and to provide access to a national peer network for ad hoc support or collaboration during incidents and events of national interest (e.g., extreme weather and mass gatherings).

Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassadors:

Meeting Frequency Mission Representatives
Quarterly
1st Thursday of the month,
2–3:30 PM ET
1 hour 30 minutes

To facilitate and improve bi-directional communication between NSSP and the syndromic surveillance community to ensure that syndromic surveillance data management, analysis, visualization, and reporting needs are met.

Co-Chairs:
Secretary:
VACANT
Group Administrator:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
VACANT
Alternate/Floater:

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration among states and public health jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, CDC programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions.

NSSP Community of Practice

What's the NSSP Community of Practice?

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program's Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. Membership in the NSSP CoP includes state, local and federal public health practitioners with responsibilities for syndromic surveillance in their organizations, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, health care and academia.

Membership is voluntary and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance.

Why Participate?

Participation in the NSSP CoP will help public health practitioners stay abreast of advances in the science and practice of syndromic surveillance.

The NSSP CoP provides numerous benefits:

NSSP CoP Membership and Group Participation

Membership in the NSSP CoP is voluntary and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance. Participation in groups (committees, workgroups) is also voluntary. Committees are small, structured groups of CoP members organized around specific functional areas (i.e., data quality, syndrome definitions). Workgroups are also small groups, but the members typically have a task at hand driven by set deliverables and timeline for achieving goals.

Overview of Community of Practice Committees and Workgroups

Group Name Meeting Frequency Group Mission Sys Community Reps
National Syndromic Surveillance Community of Practice (NSSP CoP)
Monthly
3rd Tuesday of the month,
3 – 4:30 PM ET
1 hour 30 minutes

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program's Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. NSSP CoP members include state, local, and federal public health practitioners with responsibility for syndromic surveillance within their organizations (nonprofit and for-profit, healthcare, and academia).

Chair:
Deputy Chair:
NSSP CoP Steering Committee (NSSP CoP SC)
Monthly
2nd Monday of the month,
1 – 2:30 PM ET
1 hour 30 minutes
The NSSP CoP steering committee comprises experts from various surveillance disciplines who oversee activities to ensure the syndromic surveillance community's needs are being met. The committee also serves as a conduit between the syndromic surveillance community, CDC and other stakeholders. The committee champions causes that are important to and representative of the syndromic surveillance community.
Chair:
Deputy Chair:
Past Deputy Chair:
Data Quality Committee (DQC)
Monthly
2nd Friday of the month,
12 – 1 PM ET
1 hour
To engage the syndromic community of practice to identify and address syndromic data quality issues and concerns through thoughtful discussion and the inclusion of outside stakeholders. We strive to foster relationships between all groups with a hand in syndromic messaging in order to better syndromic surveillance practice for everyone.
Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
Metadata Visualization Application Workgroup (MVA) Ad hoc To create a metric visualization tool which jurisdictions could use to help them connect and collaborate in resolving data quality issues with electronic health record vendors.
Co-Chairs:
Urgent Care Sub-Committee (UC)
Quarterly
2nd Tuesday of the month,
12:30 – 1:30 PM ET
1 hour
To gather and share information about urgent care (UC) data surveillance, create documentation, and help each other with onboarding issues, concerns, and best practices.
Chair:
Overdose Surveillance Committee (ODSC)
Bi-monthly
3rd Friday of the month,
1 – 2 pm ET
1 hour
To organize and connect syndromic surveillance community members who are interested in overdose surveillance to discuss various issues concerning to this topic. At the end, our overall goal is to best use the information to enhance the communications between syndromic surveillance community and other overdose experts from different disciplines.
Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
Syndrome Definition Committee (SDC)
Monthly
1st Wednesday of the month,
1 – 2 pm ET
1 hour
To create, evaluate, and refine syndrome definitions, link users with similar syndrome definition needs, and create documentation along the way. We seek to be a resource for collaboration and best practices in the syndrome definition creation process.
Chair:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Committee (SPHERR)
Bi-weekly
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month,
2 – 2:45 pm ET
45 minutes
To help syndromic surveillance and Public Health preparedness professionals fully integrate syndromic surveillance data and information into emergency preparedness and response, and to provide access to a national peer network for ad hoc support or collaborations during incidents and events of national interest (e.g., extreme weather and mass gatherings).
Co-Chairs:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
Technical Committee (TC)
Quarterly
1st Thursday of the month,
2 – 3:30 pm ET
1 hour 30 minutes
To facilitate and improve bi-directional communication between NSSP and the syndromic surveillance community to ensure that syndromic surveillance data management, analysis, visualization, and reporting needs are met.
Co-Chairs:
Secretary:
Group Admin:
Steering Committee Ambassador:
VACANT
Alternate/Floater: