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Success Stories

CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration between CDC and local and state health departments that collect, analyze, and share patient encounter data from emergency departments, urgent and ambulatory care centers, and inpatient healthcare settings, as well as pharmacy and laboratory data. These data are used to improve local, state, and national situational awareness and enhance responsiveness to hazardous events and outbreaks.

The Syndromic Surveillance Community of Practice works to improve

  • Data representativeness;
  • Data quality, timeliness, and utility;
  • Practice of syndromic surveillance; and
  • Use of syndromic data for public health action and response.

Featured Success Story

Surveillance of Suicide Attempts - Success Story

Alabama Department of Public Health
Monitors and Improves Data Quality

Data must be timely for ESSENCE to function well as a daily alert. Alabama implemented new practices for monitoring data and developed spreadsheets to track facility status to resolve its problem with data latency.

Success Story Template

The NSSP Success Stories Templatewill help guide you as you create your syndromic surveillance program’s success story.

Please email your completed success story to