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Biosurveillance


Biosurveillance is a process of gathering, integrating, interpreting, and communicating essential information that might relate to disease activity and threats to human, animal, or plant health. For the public health professional, biosurveillance activities range from standard epidemiological practices to advanced technological systems, utilizing complex algorithms. 

It is important for local health officials to have a heightened awareness of biosurveillance programs at the federal, state, and local levels. NACCHO hopes to bridge the knowledge gap between these programs to ensure that information is shared from the top down (by informing locals on existing biosurveillance capabilities) and from the bottom up (by communicating LHD best practices to policymakers).

NACCHO supports local biosurveillance efforts by sharing critical information regarding systems, practices, and resources that will enhance the local health department's ability to detect and prevent the spread of disease in an effective and timely manner.

 
 
National Biosurveillance Integration Center

The National Biosurveillance Intregration Center (NBIC) is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center whose mission is to enhance the federal government''s ability to rapidly identify, characterize, localize, and track a biological event of national concern; integrate and analyze data relating to human health, animal, plant, food, water, and environmental domains; disseminate alerts and pertinent information; and oversee development and operation of the National Biosurveillance Integration System (NBIS) interagency communty.

How are local health departments involved with NBIC? DHS consolidates data from federal, state, local, tribal, and commercial sources to develop a common operation picture of biosurveillance at the national level. This information is then distributed to relevant stakeholders to better inform the response at the local level. For more information on NBIC or other DHS biosurveillance activities, visit the DHS, Office of Health Affairs, Health Threats Resilience Division website More »

 
Biosurveillance News
 

The National Strategy for Biosurveillance, released by the White House on July 31, 2012, promotes an all-of-nation approach that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal governments; the private sector; non-governmental organizations; and international partners to identify and understand threats as early as possible and provide accurate and timely information to support life-saving responses. To read the National Strategy for Biosurveillance, click here.

Please share your feedback on the National Strategy for Biosurveillance with us. NACCHO would appreciate your analysis, comments, and any best practices related to biosurveillance activities conducted in your jurisdiction. Please see the key questions below to structure your feedback to NACCHO. You may submit your comments and input to biosurveillance@naccho.org.

Key Questions:

How is your community using biosurveillance to enhance your preparedness?

What are the key systems or platforms, by which biosurveillance is conducted in your community (i.e., Biosense, BioWatch, PulseNet, etc)?

What are the current challenges to achieving successful biosurveillance in your community (e.g., timeliness or reliability of data, cost, other)?

What biosurveillance programs/activities have worked for you? Provide examples of successes, instances where surveillance has improved preparedness and response, etc.

What guidance would you like to see from the Federal government that would improve biosurveillance for your community (if any)?


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