Annual Syndromic Surveillance Symposium

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP), hosts an annual Syndromic Surveillance Symposium in November of each year. The intended outcomes of the Annual Syndromic Surveillance Symposium are to:

  1. Provide a forum for the syndromic surveillance community to:
    • Exchange experiences, best practices, and ideas in a broad range of areas, including data sharing, syndrome development, data quality, and analytic methods;
    • Learn about the latest methods and topics related to syndromic surveillance practice;
    • Share feedback on future NSSP CoP activities; and
    • Discuss ideas for building syndromic surveillance capacity at the state, territorial, local, tribal, and national levels.
  2. Foster collaboration among the peer network of syndromic surveillance professionals.

2021 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium

To support the growing community of epidemiologists and public health professionals practicing syndromic surveillance, CSTE, in collaboration with the CDC’s NSSP, will virtually convene the 2nd Annual Syndromic Surveillance Symposium during the afternoons of November 16-18, 2021. The event will:

  • Advance syndromic surveillance (SyS) practice by offering a breadth of learning opportunities across experience levels;
  • Capitalize on broader public health workforce exposure to SyS during COVID by showcasing extensions of SyS methods and new skills to non-infectious disease domains;
  • Engage decision-makers in illustrating the power and limitations of SyS in broader public health surveillance;
  • Explore SyS applications in evaluating health outcome equity; and
  • Focus discussions on practical methods to standardize best practices and collaboration across jurisdictions.

The 2021 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium’s schedule will offer several opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues through trainings, presentations, and informal breaks. Full session details will be shared closer to the event date and are subject to change.

Please email with any questions or to learn more. 


Symposium Archive

The inaugural 2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium was held virtually from November 17-19, 2020. More than 550 individuals, representing all 50 states and other international health jurisdictions, registered for the 3-day event.

CSTE partnered with Kahuina Consulting to help provide an engaging and interactive virtual forum for the syndromic surveillance community to exchange experiences, share best practices, and take away innovative solutions and strategies for advancing syndromic surveillance practice. The 2020 Syndromic Surveillance Symposium included 31 sessions, with more than 75 moderators and presenters, within five topic-specific tracks: Data Sharing, Practical Methods and Application, Innovation, Training, and COVID-19. Sessions included step-by-step trainings, open-forum discussions, and presentations from fellow community members on innovative work being done in syndromic surveillance. In total, the virtual conference included three plenaries and keynote sessions, nine breakout sessions, seven trainings, five roundtables, and two lightning rounds.

All events were held on CSTE’s RingCentral platform. Recordings and PDFs of presented slides can be accessed in this final event packet.