NSSP Update – January 2023
A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | January 2023
The National Syndromic Surveillance Program issues NSSP Update monthly to share the latest Community of Practice activities, technical and program updates, and ways in which syndromic surveillance is improving public health.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE UPDATES
Eight New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Improve Your State’s Surveillance
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Policy for Federal Access to NSSP Data ▪ Reminders and Announcements ▪ Worthwhile Reads
SYNDROMIC SURVEILLANCE IN ACTION
Air Quality and Asthma-like Illness in Oregon During Wildfires
A look back at how analysts combined syndromic data with other data sources to identify vulnerable populations.
Does Active Really Mean ‘Active’?
The Master Facility Table is key to processing site data. A combination of Facility Status and Review Status will show whether data processing is accurate.
TECHNICAL RESOURCE CENTER
Job Aids Consolidate Resources and Streamline Query Development
The Ultimate Guide for Site Administrators and Query Development: Community and Technical Resources includes many “best of” syndromic surveillance resources and practices.
Monthly National-level Free-text ESSENCE Queries
Analysts can exercise a high level of customization by using free-text queries. They can quickly code free-text queries and rapidly respond to outbreaks, disasters, and health events that unfold. These word clouds capture free-text queries from a national perspective.
Developing Syndrome Definitions
NSSP works with health departments, CDC programs, and others to develop and improve syndrome definitions. Here is a list of the syndromes being worked on now.