2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), virtually convened the 2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium from November 17-19, 2020. The event was held during the following dates and times:

March 30, 2021

Use of Earth Observation Data within Syndromic Surveillance Systems - August 2020 CSTE Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, CSTE's Disaster Epidemiology Subcommittee hosted its monthly subcommittee call with a presentation on the use of earth observation data within syndromic surveillance systems. Call information and resources have been included below.

September 24, 2020

Public Health Surveillance in a Large Evacuation Shelter Post Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast on August 25th, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. It is estimated that the ensuing rainfall caused record flooding of at least 18 inches in 70% of Harris County. Over 30,000 residents were displaced and 50 deaths occurred due to the devastation. At least 53 temporary refuge shelters opened in various parts of Harris County to accommodate displaced residents. On the evening of August 29th, Harris County and community partners set up a 10,000 bed mega-shelter at NRG Center, in efforts to centralize refuge efforts.

January 25, 2018

Use of BioSense for Rapid Assessment of the Safety of Medical Countermeasures

BioSense is a national human health surveillance system for disease detection, monitoring, and situation awareness through near realtime access to existing electronic healthcare encounter information, including information from hospital emergency departments (EDs). MCM include antibiotics, antivirals, antidotes, antitoxins, vaccinations, nuclide-binding agents, and other medications. Although some MCM have been extensively evaluated and have FDA approval, many do not (1).

July 06, 2018

Traditional and Mobile Public Health Alert Communications with Health Care Providers

The effectiveness of emergency preparedness and response systems depends, in part, on the effectiveness of communication between agencies and individuals involved in emergency response, including health care providers who play a significant role in planning, event detection, response and communication with the public.

August 22, 2018

Surveillance for Radiation-Related Exposures Reported to the National Poison Data System

For radiological incidents, collecting surveillance data can identify radiation-related public health significant incidents quickly and enable public health officials to describe the characteristics of the affected population and the magnitude of the health impact which in turn can inform public health decision-making.

July 02, 2018

Operational Experience: Integration of ASPR Data into ESSENCE-FL during the RNC

Florida has implemented various surveillance methods to augment existing sources of surveillance data and enhance decision making with timely evidence based assessments to guide response efforts post-hurricanes. Historically, data collected from deployed federal assets have been an integral part of this effort.

July 09, 2018

Operation of the evacuation site surveillance for the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011

In 2011, March 11th, the big earthquake attacked eastern Japan followed by huge tsunami and nuclear plant accident. Consequently a lot of people could not help living in evacuation sites. Since those evaluation sites have high density of population and were not necessarily good in sanitary condition, outbreaks of influenza, norovirus or other infectious diseases were concerned.


May 02, 2019

Use of the National Poison Data System after the 2011 Japan Radiological Incident for Surveillance of Incident-related Exposures in the United States

NPDS is a national database of detailed information collected from each call, uploaded in near real-time, from the 57 participating regional poison centers (PCs) located across the US. NPDS is owned and operated by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Since 2001, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated with AAPCC to use NPDS for surveillance of chemical, poison and radiological exposures.

May 02, 2019

Utilization of EMR data for public health surveillance and situational awareness during the 2010 Haiti Earthquake; a preliminary assessment

During responses, an electronic medical record (EMR) allows federal emergency response staff to view and evaluate near real-time clinical encounter data. Analysis of EMR patient data can enhance situational awareness and provide decision advantage for headquarters' staff during both domestic and international events. The EMR was utilized by field medical personnel during the response to the Haiti earthquake.


To describe some uses of EMR data for surveillance and situational awareness during disaster response.

May 02, 2019


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