NSSP Update – April 2023

NSSP Update

A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | April 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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Emergency Department Visits for Firearm Injuries Were Higher During the COVID-19 Pandemic Compared to 2019

A comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to firearm injuries is needed.

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Now Available! Syndromic Surveillance Training Series

NSSP represents a strategy to integrate near-real–time data with other data sources, connecting healthcare with public health. This series explains how to use near-real–time data, conceptualize new data applications, and act confidently on analyses.

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Using ED Data to Strengthen Case-based Surveillance of Chickenpox

The Georgia Department of Public Health makes use of NSSP’s versatile data to enhance routine reporting of notifiable diseases.

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New to Syndromic Surveillance?

For new site admins, we have a job aid for easing into your new role. New staff? Read “Tips for Engaging Staff.” New to NSSP? Check out these resources to learn about syndromic surveillance.

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Meeting Highlights

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How does this year’s data compare?

Make sure your calculations for queries, filters, and APIs are updated each year.

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How to Use NSSP–ESSENCE CCI and DDI Data Quality Filters

Here’s how to compensate for the dynamic nature of high-volume, fast-moving data that can affect interpretation of trends.

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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.

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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.