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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

Oregon Success Story

How Oregon Tested its Mass Gathering Protocol and Mobilized Communities

Mass gatherings pose unique challenges to public health officials. A recent success story submitted by the Oregon Health Authority describes its use of ESSENCE to monitor key health indicators before, during, and after gatherings to view the August 2017 total solar eclipse. The story also describes the guide they developed for local public health departments to collect data. The guide is a model for mobilizing local public health departments and can be tailored for other public health surveillance efforts.

Success Story Template

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

Please email your completed success story to