NOFO: PS19-1907 – STD Surveillance Network (SSuN)

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STD Surveillance Network

In 2019, CDC announced the availability of fiscal year 2019 funds for a competitive cooperative agreement for the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN)external icon. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to implement new and proven approaches to community-based enhanced and sentinel surveillance that more fully integrates surveillance of STDs, HIV co-morbidity and monitors selected demographic and behavioral data important to informing STD prevention and control activities.

Systematic, ongoing collection of patient-level information to monitor the occurrence of, and factors associated with, STDs is the foundation upon which STD control programs are based. Reporting to CDC is limited and does not provide some information needed to characterize STDs and co-occurring epidemics, or to identify opportunities and gaps in sexual health and STD-related, high impact HIV prevention. The SSuN Cooperative Agreement addresses these and related STD surveillance priorities.

Priority strategies and activities include:
  • Sentinel surveillance of patients presenting for care in specialty STD clinics
  • Case-based enhanced STD surveillance among reported gonorrhea and syphilis cases
  • Monitoring of HIV co-morbidity and STD-related HIV prevention outcomes
  • Supplemental project activities include:
    • Assessing Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) prevalence in chlamydia trachomatis-positive rectal specimens
    • Evaluating syndromic surveillance for neuro/ocular and otic syphilis
    • Examining the impact of of HL7 case reporting to CDC
    • Providing technical assistance to STD PCHD recipients implementing enhanced gonorrhea surveillance

Total funding for the first year of the SSuN Cooperative Agreement is $3,187,000 and includes the following state and local health departments:

  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Columbus Public Health
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Indiana State Department of Health
  • Multnomah County Health Department
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Utah Department of Health

Notices of Award were sent in August of 2019

For questions about the SSuN Cooperative Agreement, please write to:  ssun_ta@cdc.gov.