JOIN AND PARTICIPATE IN THE NSSP CoP

Stay connected with other syndromic surveillance practitioners by joining the NSSP CoP! Involvement in the NSSP CoP and its related groups is voluntary, free of charge, independent of CSTE membership, and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance.

Your membership includes:

  • Monthly webinars featuring syndromic surveillance experts from across the nation
  • Access to more than 2,000 surveillance resources and knowledge-sharing tools through the NSSP CoP Knowledge Repository
  • Numerous opportunities for networking and professional growth and career expansion
  • Access to a network of syndromic surveillance experts who can be contacted quickly and are eager to provide assistance
  • Opportunities to build partnerships, foster collaborations, and share lessons learned with other public health jurisdictions and organizations


Join the NSSP CoP by completing this form. If you have any questions about joining the NSSP CoP,  please email syndromic@cste.org.

How to Get Involved

Get involved with the NSSP Community of Practice by attending monthly general and topic-specific NSSP CoP webinars, participating in open forum discussions with other members, working with peers to develop syndromic resources by joining a workgroup, and/or sharing your syndromic work and experiences – the opportunities are endless! Check out upcoming opportunities to engage with our community on the NSSP CoP Calendar.

See below for more information about NSSP CoP-related subcommittees, workgroups, and user groups. To join any of the open groups, sign up or update your group preferences here. If you have any questions about these groups, email syndromic@cste.org.

The NSSP Community of Practice At-Large

  • Monthly calls
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:30 ET
  • Open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance practice
  • Leadership:
    • Krystal Collier (AZ) – Chair
    • Yushiuan Chen (Tri-County, CO) – Deputy Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Hayleigh McCall
The NSSP CoP promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. Submit call topic suggestions here.
  • Monthly calls
  • 2nd Monday of the month from 1:00-2:30pm ET
  • Closed group
  • Members:
    • Krystal Collier (AZ) – Core Committee Chair
    • Yushiuan Chen (Tri-County, CO) – Core Committee Deputy Chair + Knowledge Repository Curation Subcommittee Co-Chair
    • Diksha Ramnani (WI) – Data Quality Subcommittee Chair
    • Teresa Hamby (NJ) – Knowledge Repository Curation Subcommittee Co-Chair
    • Bill Smith (Maricopa Co., AZ) – Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Co-Chair
    • Fatema Mamou (MI) – Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Co-Chair
    • Rasneet Kumar (Tarrant Co., TX) – Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Co-Chair
    • Rosa Ergas (MA) – Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Co-Chair
    • Natasha Close (WA) – Technical Subcommittee Co-Chair
    • Caleb Wiedeman (TN) – Technical Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Hayleigh McCall
The Core Committee is a member-elected body constituted of volunteer CoP members representing state, tribal, local, and territorial public health jurisdictions. Comprised of the Chair, Deputy Chair, and Subcommittee Co-Chairs, the NSSP CoP Core Committee champions the community, encourages participation in CoP activities, and acts as a sounding board for ideas from CDC NSSP and CSTE. Representatives of CSTE and CDC NSSP participate in Core Committee meetings. Meetings of the Core Committee are closed, but members are encouraged to communicate any syndromic surveillance-related concerns to Core Committee members for Core Committee consideration and discussion.

Subcommittees

  • Monthly calls
  • 2nd Friday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm ET
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Diksha Ramnani (WI) – Chair
    • Seeking 2nd STLT Co-Chair!
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa
Fostering relationships between all groups involved in syndromic data messaging, the Data Quality Subcommittee works to identify and address syndromic data quality issues through thoughtful discussion and inclusion of outside stakeholders.
  • Monthly calls
  • 1st Wednesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm ET
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Rasneet Kumar (Tarrant Co., TX) – Co-Chair
    • Rosa Ergas (MA) – Co-Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa
The Syndrome Definition Subcommittee creates, evaluates, and refines syndrome definitions, links users with similar syndrome definition needs, and documents these processes. Acting as a collaboration resource, the group shares and discusses syndrome definition creation best practices.
  • Monthly calls
  • 1st Friday of the month from 2:00-2:45pm ET
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership
    • Bill Smith (Maricopa Co., AZ) – Co-Chair
    • Fatema Mamou (MI) – Co-Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa
Helping to integrate syndromic surveillance data and information into emergency preparedness and response activities, SPHERR provides syndromic surveillance and public health preparedness professionals access to a national peer network for support and collaboration during incidents and events of national interest (e.g., extreme weather, mass gatherings).
  • Quarterly calls
  • 1st Thursday of every 3rd month from 2:00-3:30pm ET
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Natasha Close (WA) – Co-Chair
    • Caleb Wiedeman (TN) – Co-Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa
The Technical Subcommittee facilitates and improves bi-directional communication between CDC NSSP and the syndromic surveillance community to ensure that data management, analysis, visualization, and reporting needs are met.
  • Call schedule to be set
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Teresa Hamby (NJ)
    • Yushiuan Chen (Tri-County, CO) 
The KR Curation Subcommittee reviews and curates the NSSP CoP Knowledge Repository. Recently convened – more information to be shared soon!

Workgroups

  • Call schedule to be set
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Sponsored by the NSSP CoP Core Committee
  • Leadership:
    • Zach Faigen (NC) – Co-Lead
    • Loren Rodgers (CDC) – Co-Chair
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Hayleigh McCall
The Data Sharing Workgroup aims to 1) establish protocol for evaluating NSSP data questions, 2) evaluate individual data requests, 3) develop resources to assist in syndromic data sharing, 4) share lessons learned and best practices, and 5) advance community discussions regarding CDC-managed public use datasets.
  • Call schedule to be set
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Sponsored by the NSSP CoP Core Committee
  • Leadership: Deborah Gould (CDC) & Hayleigh McCall (CSTE) – seeking STLT lead to collaborate with CDC and CSTE!

The Training Workgroup is set out to 1) review existing syndromic surveillance education and training resources, 2) identify gaps in syndromic surveillance training, and 3) make recommendations regarding the types of training needed to fill identified gaps.

 

 
  • Monthly Calls
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:00-4:00 ET
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Sponsored by the Data Quality (DQ) Subcommittee
  • Leadership:
    • Sujata Joshi (NPAIHB) – Co-Lead
    • Amanda Dylina Morse (WA) – Co-Lead
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa

The Race and Ethnicity Data Quality Improvement Workgroup provides a space for discussion and technical support to improve data quality (completeness and correctness) for race and ethnicity data fields.

User Groups

  • Call schedule to be set
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Wayne Loschen (JHU) – Co-Lead
    • Aaron Kite-Powell (CDC) – Co-Lead
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa

The NSSP ESSENCE User Group provides NSSP ESSENCE updates to its members and answers community questions on NSSP ESSENCE-specific functions and features.

  • Call schedule to be set
  • Open to NSSP CoP members
  • Leadership:
    • Sara Chronister (Maricopa Co., AZ) – Co-Lead
    • Michael Sheppard (CDC) – Co-Lead
  • CSTE Staff:
    • Alyaa Altabbaa

The NSSP R User Group provides NSSP R updates to its members and answers community questions on NSSP R-specific functions and features.

 

Communicate with the Community

Request Access to the NSSP Community of Practice Slack Workspace

Through its facilitation of the NSSP CoP, CSTE supports and moderates the NSSP Community of Practice Slack Workspace. The Slack Workspace is a communication tool and collaboration platform for advancing syndromic surveillance practice. Use it to easily share information with peers, plan projects, and accelerate data analyses. Reap the benefits of collectively working with health scientists at CDC, other federal agencies, and with state, territorial, local, and tribal (STLT) public health departments – all using NSSP’s BioSense Platform!

Are you interested in speaking with other syndromic surveillance experts across the country? Are you affiliated with a federal agency (FTE or contractor) or STLT health department? If yes to both, this space is designed for YOU! Submit your request to join here.

Note: The NSSP Community of Practice Slack Workspace will not be used to communicate to or with members of the public.

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