NSSP Update – January 2023

NSSP Update

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

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.

Jan 2022 ESSENCE Word Cloud

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.

Mark Your Calendar

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The NSSP CoP Call Calendar lists the monthly NSSP Community of Practice call and subcommittee/group meetings. The CoP Call Calendar is maintained by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).
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The monthly patching schedule for Testing/Development and Onboarding/Production environments is posted in Technical Updates.