Monthly Archives: August 2014

Release of New Issue Brief: “Syndromic Surveillance System Functionality: Recommendations from NACCHO’s Ad Hoc Biosurveillance Workgroup”

NACCHO’s Informatics Team is pleased to announce the release of a new issue brief on syndromic surveillance system functionality. Syndromic surveillance systems have been proliferating since the late 1990s. Although a framework for evaluating syndromic surveillance systems has been published, to date no documents provide guidance on the functionalities that syndromic surveillance systems should include. This document contains recommendations from NACCHO’s Ad Hoc Biosurveillance Advisory Group on essential components that a syndromic surveillance system ought to include to be considered fully functional. If you have any questions regarding this issue brief or would like more information please contact Sarah Chughtai by email at or by phone at 202-595-1129. SS System Functionality Brief Aug 2014

Share what works and be recognized! Apply for a 2015 Model Practice Award this October.

You and your local health department can be a winner. NACCHO will accept model practice applications Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.

NACCHO’s Model Practice Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, LHDs contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based best practice methods.

For more information and to submit a Model Practices application, visit Contact the Model Practices team at with any questions. NACCHO looks forward to receiving your applications.

Discussion with the Experts: Ebola Modeling and Using Data for Public Health Practice

Please join this exciting discussion on Ebola Modeling hosted by NACCHO’s Preparedness team. The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 20th from 1-2 pm EDT. Registration information is below. We look forward to having you participate!

NACCHO will host a facilitated discussion via webinar about modeling for disease outbreaks and the utility of those results for local public health practitioners. Researchers at Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute have been doing modeling of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa nearly a month now, to help answer questions for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (the part of the DoD that has developed some of the experimental treatments used on the US aid workers). Their modeling effort was designed to do a rapid estimate of future cases in Africa, potential for spread in the US, and to estimate the impact of the use of both medical countermeasures and other public health interventions.

Please join us for an online discussion with researchers from Virginia Tech. They are excited to share their research and hear your feedback. Please register for the webinar in advance at the link below!


Webinar URL:

Phone Line: 866-740-1260; Access Code: 5074193

Primary Speaker:

  • Bryan Lewis, PhD, MPH

Public Health Policy & Analysis

Social & Decision Informatics Laboratory

Virginia Tech: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

Now Available: New Funding Opportunity for Local Health Department Accreditation Preparation Support

With funding from the CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, & Territorial Support, NACCHO is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to engage in accreditation readiness activities. The 2014–2015 Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI) awards are intended to stimulate quality improvement and promote LHD readiness to seek voluntary national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Application requirements and full details about the ASI opportunity are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) and the Application Document. Applications, via the online submission form, are due by 5 PM ET on Friday, 9/12/14. Access the RFA and Application Document at:

NACCHO and CDC will host an optional web-conference on Tuesday, 8/26/14 from 2 – 3 PM ET (Web & Audio:; Audio: Dial 1-800-769-9015) to walk through the RFA and application.

As detailed in the RFA, NACCHO strongly encourages applicants to review its standard contract language prior to completing the application. Modifications to the terms will not be made for selected sites.

Questions about this opportunity can be directed to

NACCHO-CDC Collaboration on 4 New Tutorial Videos on Disability and Health Data System (DHDS)

NACCHO and CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities have developed four new tutorial videos to enhance the user experience on Disability and Health Data System (DHDS).  The tutorial videos are free to users and teach them how to use the web tool to access data on the health of adults with disabilities.  DHDS is an online interactive tool that provides instant access to state-level, disability-specific health data. Users can customize the disability and health data they view, making it easy to identify health disparities.

 DHDS Tutorial Videos will teach users to:

  • Use the DHDS web tool to access data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System about the health of adults with disabilities;
  • Use three DHDS key features: interactive maps, customizable data tables, and state profiles;
  • Determine the percentage of adults with disabilities in their state;
  • Find health data for adults with disabilities in their state, and compare these data to adults without disabilities;
  • Compare their state health data to other states, and to the United States & Territories total;
  • View data on a range of health topics for a single state; and
  • Create and download customizable data tables.

 To access the videos, visit

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #1U38OT000172-01 from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ICD-10 Deadline Officialy October 1st, 2015

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

” Deadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change

Deadline set for October 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.”

The final rule is available online.

A press release with more information is available on the CMS website.