Publications and Resources

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CDC’s is committed to improving the value of public health surveillance and data. Learn more about this ongoing work by reading the resources below.

NEW (as of March 11, 2024)! Discover how DMI continues to make an impact in 2023 and beyond by reading CSTE’s Nationwide DMI Stories.

Publications and Reports
2022 DMI Snapshot cover

Showcasing more than two dozen stories, the latest DMI Snapshot captures just a fraction of the amazing work accomplished in 2022 that continues today. As we look beyond the immediate demands of a global pandemic, we are realizing the potential of modernization to answer all kinds of health threats — from suicide to cancer to tuberculosis to chronic diseases and more.

Read the 2022 DMI Snapshot: Transforming Data to Protect Health. Or download the full visual booklet [6 MB, 40 Pages].

Discover how DMI continues to make an impact in 2023 and beyond by reading CSTE’s Nationwide DMI Stories.




2021 DMI Snapshot cover

The 2021 DMI Snapshot is a both a record of our progress and a testament to the many thousands of people who worked over these long months to modernize public health surveillance and data in meaningful and lasting ways. This work has delivered an extraordinary amount of data to understand the burden of COVID-19, and the gains we have made are now building a bridge to a new kind of surveillance and better approaches to public health data.

Download and print the DMI Snapshot 2021: Building a Strong Foundation [PDF – 1 MB].





CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) is how our nation will move from siloed and brittle public health data systems to connected, resilient, adaptable, and sustainable ‘response-ready’ systems. Grounded in this ambitious vision, the DMI Strategic Implementation Plan lays out five key priorities and a supporting set of objectives that are interdependent and equally important to reaching the future state. These priorities and objectives will lead us toward specific key results by which we can measure our impact.

Download and print the Data Modernization Initiative Strategic Implementation Plan [PDF – 1 MB].




Public Health Data Modernization Listening Session on Real-World Testing of 21st Century Cures Act Requirements; Executive Summary; Session held July 16, 2020; CDC logo; HHS logo

Public Health Data Modernization: Listening Session on Real-World Testing of 21st Century Cures Act Requirements [667 KB, 30 Pages]

Building on the momentum of its Data Modernization Initiative, CDC hosted a listening session on July 16, 2020, to discuss ways emerging standards — including but not limited to standardized APIs for population level data, often referred to as bulk data — could benefit public health. This meeting brought together key stakeholders from across public health and healthcare.




Public health surveillance preparing for the future: newer. faster. smarter. better. 2014-2018.

Public Health Surveillance Preparing for the Future: Newer. Faster. Smarter. Better.

Beginning in 2014, at the request of the director, CDC developed and implemented a strategy to improve the agency’s public health data surveillance capabilities over 3 to 5 years. The directive responded to requests from stakeholders — including Congress, state public health leaders, and federal advisory committees — asking for a strategy to transform and modernize CDC’s surveillance systems and approaches. This report is a summary of highlighted results from our work to improve surveillance.