BioSense Platform Governance Group

BioSense was launched to establish an integrated national public health surveillance system for early detection and rapid assessment of potential bioterrorism-related illness. To guide this effort, CDC sought expertise from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to assemble a group with significant representation from state and local public health.

ASTHO facilitated an interim governance group in 2011 as an ad-hoc body to usher in the governance process, develop a governance charter, and form a permanent governance structure. The interim group comprised members from ASTHO, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), and CDC.

As BioSense evolved from a software solution to the National Syndromic Surveillance Program, this governance group continues to help set strategic direction and priorities and assure that the needs of the syndromic surveillance community are met. The group also serves as a conduit for feedback and recommendations from the constituents that the Governance Group members represent.

Over time, as the National Syndromic Surveillance Program develops, the functions of this group and its charter may change to reflect emerging issues.


The Governance Group consists of 15 representatives, including