On August 3, 2016, NACCHO hosted a webinar with Tarrant County Public Health on syndromic surveillance mentoring to local health departments. The webinar provided an overview of the technical assistance provided by Tarrant County Public Health to three local health departments: El Paso Department of Public Health, City of Houston – Houston Health Department, and Harris County Public Health.
An overview of the technical assistance administered as well as the products and resources developed and utilized throughout the project, lessons learned, and recommendations for future development of syndromic surveillance technical assistance models for LHDs were presented. Speakers included Bill Stephens and Dave Heinbaugh from Tarrant County Public Health, Wes McNeely from City of Houston Health Department, and Amy Ising on behalf of the International Society for Disease Surveillance. The discussion focused on the following topics:
- Syndromic Surveillance (SyS) Overview
- LHD Needs Assessment for SyS
- Understanding the Surveillance Landscape – Communication, Data Sharing
- Connecting Data Providers
- Building a Community of Practice
If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can view the recording as well as the attached presentation slides (see below) and resources discussed.
- Tarrant County Public Health Presentation
- Houston Health Department Presentation
- Syndromic Surveillance Quick-Start Guide for Local Health Departments
- Overview: International Society of Disease Surveillance
Financial support for the webinar, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a cooperative agreement (# 5U38OT000172-03) with NACCHO, is gratefully acknowledged.
Please contact NACCHO’s Sarah Chughtai with any questions.