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Why Disseminate State Surveillance Data?

Dissemination of your state surveillance data is important to increase awareness or raise visibility of your program and to gather support for your program from target audiences. For example, you may want to raise the visibility of your program among potential funders or the state legislature to obtain additional resources, or among state and local agencies to set priorities, modify programs, or inform policy.

After data have been distributed to those involved in the collection (i.e., local, county and regional contributors) consider summarizing the data in a report that includes tables and graphics for distribution to a larger audience. For example, a summary report for other agencies and organizations can provide information for program planning in your state. Report on trends and provide comparison data (i.e., national data or Healthy People 2010 objectives) when possible. Alternatively, consider developing a fact sheet on one health indicator identified in the data for which you want to increase visibility. Active dissemination of data is useful to inform and educate health professionals, policy makers and legislators. More than ever, states need reliable data to help in planning and implementing health care policy. Although the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) and the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) data are program-based rather than population-based the data can be a valuable source of information for health professionals and policy makers.

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This page last updated March 04, 2010

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity