How NSSP Partners Across CDC
Learn how NSSP partners with programs across CDC to improve syndromic surveillance and respond to health events like the opioid overdose epidemic, vaping lung disease outbreak, and Zika virus infection.
Collaborations initiated by the NSSP CoP Steering Committee (and its workgroups and committees) and health departments partnering with CDC programs are improving how syndromic surveillance gets done. The list of collaborations that follows, while not exhaustive, summarizes ongoing efforts to develop and improve syndrome definitions, conduct pilot tests and exercises, and improve processes to achieve public health goals more efficiently.
In mid-August 2019, NSSP staff began working with members of the NSSP CoP and CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (the Injury Center) to develop queries that could support CDC’s ongoing multistate lung injury response. The NSSP and Injury Center teams collaborated with community partners to draft and refine two definitions.
States routinely use syndromic surveillance to monitor influenza-like illness (ILI) and detect novel influenza virus activity. Last year, the NSSP team collaborated with the Domestic Surveillance Team in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) to help states use ESSENCE to report in ILINet for the upcoming influenza season. ILINet is the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network and serves as the syndromic surveillance component of influenza surveillance in the United States. ILINet collects information on outpatient visits to health care providers for influenza-like illness. Since influenza season is rapidly approaching, the NSSP team met with ILINet analysts to assess their experience thus far.