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The Community

BioSense 2.0 was developed and is governed by an active collaboration of CDC, state and local health departments, and other public health partners. BioSense 2.0 is community controlled and user driven. This approach ensures that BioSense 2.0 remains flexible and responsive to users’ changing needs and that the development and evolution of the web-based application continues in phases after it was first launched in November 2011.

CDC funds the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to host the BioSense 2.0 environment and, in coordination with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), CDC facilitates a governance body of state and local health stakeholders that represents all BioSense 2.0 users.

For the last two years, CDC has worked with partners at state and local health departments, the Federal Departments of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD), healthcare providers, and national groups representing public health officials, to work through the legal and technological details of building the new public health surveillance system from the ground up to integrate with existing systems.

Moving forward, BioSense 2.0 will continue to enhance national surveillance capabilities and preparedness in partnership with state and local health jurisdictions, and improving the practice of public health surveillance as jurisdictions join and participate in the BioSense 2.0 environment.