Monthly Archives: April 2015

ISDS Webinar – April 29, 2015 : Approaches to Syndromic Case Definitions for Drug Overdose Surveillance

Approaches to Syndromic Case Definitions for Drug Overdose Surveillance

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM GMT)

This focus of this webinar is to describe different syndromic surveillance approaches to drug overdose surveillance. Presenters will share how their case definitions were developed, stakeholders involved, intended audience and uses, as well as lessons learned.


R. Matt Gladden, PhD

Behavioral Scientist

Prescription Drug Overdose Surveillance

Team Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention/CDC

Amy Ising, MS

Program Director for NC Detect, North Carolina’s Statewide Syndromic Surveillance


Learn more about this webinar on ISDS’s website.

Upcoming Webinar : NACCHO – Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tuesday, May 5th 3:00-4:00 PM EST

Please join us for this exciting upcoming webinar with Dr. Alina Deshpande from Los Alamos National Laboratory on new tools they are developing to enhance surveillance efforts at the local public health level.

Title: Tools and Apps to Enhance Situational Awareness for Global Disease Surveillance

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 5th 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Description: Situational awareness is important for early warning and early detection of infectious disease outbreaks and occurs at both local and global scales. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is developing a suite of tools to provide actionable information and knowledge for enhanced situational awareness during an unfolding event. These tools are available to the global disease surveillance community through the LANL biosurveillance gateway (, under “resources” tab) or through independent links provided with each tool description;

The Biosurveillance Resource Directory (BRD, A tool to facilitate obtaining disease surveillance information. Contains information on disease surveillance resources worldwide

The Biosurveillance Analytics Resource Directory (BARD, A tool to rapidly select appropriate epidemiological models for infectious disease prediction, forecasting and monitoring. Currently includes information on models for Malaria, Cholera, Influenza, Dengue and Foot and Mouth Disease.

The Surveillance Window app (SWAP, An app to provide context and a frame of reference for disease surveillance information on an unfolding event, through matching of user input to a library of global historical disease outbreaks

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Speaker Information: Dr. Alina Deshpande

Dr. Alina Deshpande is a senior scientist and team leader in the Defense Systems and Analysis Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has a B.S. in Microbiology and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico-School of Medicine. Her research work is in the areas of experimental biology and information science. Specifically, the development of clinical diagnostics and decision support tools for infectious disease surveillance.

Joint PH Forum & CDC Nationwide Webinar – April 16, 2015

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Central Time / 1:00 pm Mountain Time / 12:00 pm Pacific Time

Dear Public Health Forum Members & Colleagues:

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• Announcements – (CDC and ONC) [5 minutes]
• CMS Stage 3 and ONC 2015 Edition HIT Certification Criteria – Brief Overview – Jim Daniel [5 minutes]
• CDC Programmatic Overview of Public Health Reporting in Stage 3 – CDC Program Domain Experts [35 minutes]
• Question and Answer Session – [15 minutes]

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NACCHO Webinar – Disaster Epidemiology 101 – Thursday April 30, 2015

On Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 1:00-2:30pm ET, NACCHO will be hosting a webinar entitled: Disaster Epidemiology 101.  With every natural or man-made disaster, public health officials, incident commanders, and policy makers need health data to make decisions, allocate resources, provide situational awareness of the health of the affected community, and to determine the adequacy of the response. Disaster epidemiology can provide this data by using core public health components such as rapid needs assessments (i.e. CASPER), health surveillance, epidemiologic research and tracking or registries. The purpose of this learning session is to provide an overview of the role of disaster epidemiology and to engage attendees in a meaningful discussion of surveillance during recent events, such as the recent CASPER in Texas.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define disaster epidemiology and its role in pre-disaster, disaster, and recovery phases.
  2. Demonstrate how disaster epidemiology methods have been applied in recent events.
  3. Describe how disaster epidemiology tools were used in the CASPER in Texas.

The presenters include Ashley Conley, MS, CPH, Michael Heumann, MPH, MA, Jennifer Kiger, MPH, and Kelly Johnson, MS.

Please use the link below to register:

Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar.

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