ISDS Webinar – May 7, 2015 Double Header: Super Bowl Surveillance

Game Plan: Communicable Disease Surveillance for Super Bowl XLVIII – New Jersey, 2014 


Enhanced Epidemiologic Surveillance Efforts for Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl related events in Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015

Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM GMT)


Teresa Hamby, MSPH

Data Analyst, Communicable Disease Service

New Jersey Department of Health

Aurimar Ayala, MPH


Office of Epidemiology

Maricopa County Department of Public Health


In the summer of 2013, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) began planning for Super Bowl XLVIII to be held on February 2, 2014, in Met Life Stadium, located in the Meadowlands of Bergen County in northeast New Jersey.  NJDOH Staff participated in the larger planning committee of the Department which was further coordinated at the state level by the New Jersey State Police and other law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

A principal component of NJDOH’s Super Bowl surveillance activities included the utilization of an existing online syndromic surveillance system, EpiCenter.  EpiCenter, developed by Health Monitoring Systems, Inc. (HMS), incorporates statistical management and analytical techniques to process health-related data in real time.  This presentation will review how surveillance activities were planned and implemented and discusses outcomes and post-event conclusions.

Super Bowl XLIX took place on February 1st, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. In preparation for this large scale public event and related event activities, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) was tasked with developing a plan for enhanced surveillance, situational awareness and methods for early detection of public health emergencies and outbreaks. A Public Health and Medical Resource Work Group and an Epidemiology Work Group with local, state and federal partners were organized and monthly meetings to discuss epidemiologic surveillance activities and develop a plan took place from July 2014 to January 2015. Fiesta Bowl (December 31st, 2014) scheduled to take place in the same location as Super Bowl, was selected to pilot test epidemiologic surveillance strategies.

Epidemiologic surveillance strategies were developed and coordinated to monitor levels of disease activity and provide situational awareness during Pro Bowl (January 25th, 2015), NFL Experience and Super Bowl Central (January 24th, 2015 through February 1st, 2015) and Super Bowl.  Surveillance strategies were successfully tested during Fiesta Bowl. Field surveillance collected information on 4 distinct syndromes (gastrointestinal, respiratory, dermatological and neurological) as well as injuries. An aberration detection system was developed to detect increases in illness reported to the Arizona Medical Electronic Disease Surveillance System. Enhanced surveillance alerts for increases in illness were sent to healthcare partners and were in place during all monitored events.  An enhanced animal surveillance network was also established. Biosense was monitored for syndromic surveillance at participating facilities. The Arizona Prehospital Information and EMS Registry System was also monitored for selected syndromes. Influenza-like illness surveillance for sentinel sites was in place. Poison Control Center data and mortality surveillance within an all hazards approach was also coordinated. MCDPH also monitored foodborne outbreaks and produced a daily outbreak report. Syndromic surveillance in hotels and urgent cares located within a 5 mile radius of the events was also conducted. In addition, the NFL clinic provided daily reports to MCDPH. The MCDPH Public Health Incident Command Center was activated and the Intelligence Section, responsible for epidemiologic surveillance, produced a daily Intelligence Section Report summarizing results from all surveillance efforts.


Learn more about this webinar on ISDS’s website.


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

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• Announcements – (CDC and ONC) [5 minutes]
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• CDC Programmatic Overview of Public Health Reporting in Stage 3 – CDC Program Domain Experts [35 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:

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ISDS Webinar – March 24, 2015 – NSSP Onboarding – Creating a Systematic Approach

NSSP Onboarding – Creating a Systematic Approach

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT)


Travis Mayo, lead/manager NSSP (formerly BioSense) onboarding contractor


NSSP Onboarding has historically been a very labor intensive and manual process that requires a great deal of guidance and time investment from NSSP Onboarding Team members.  In order to meet future demand, Jurisdictions will play a greater role in managing the onboarding of local facilities.
The objective for the next year is to begin creating resources that jurisdictions can use to help facilities perform self-guided onboarding.

To begin the process, the onboarding team is documenting the onboarding discussions and processes.

The webinar will provide a historical perspective and impact on:

1.  Onboarding process
2.  Data Quality
3.  Challenges
4.  Recommendations

Learn more about this webinar on our website.

Working Together to Improve Health: An Introduction to the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process

Working Together to Improve Health: An Introduction to the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 12:00PM ET | Register here

Health departments, health centers, non-profit hospitals, and other community organizations are being asked to conduct community assessments and improvement plans. Instead of conducting multiple community assessments, the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process provides a framework for coordinating all assessment activities into one collaborative process to improve health. MAPP provides structure for identifying a shared vision of health, conducting a comprehensive community assessments, and developing and implementing a community strategic plan for improving health. During this webinar, Mary Kate Allee, Director of Assessment and Planning, will describe the purpose and phases of the MAPP process, how MAPP can be used to achieve community health improvement goals, and where to find resources for MAPP implementation. Mary Kate will also describe how MAPP can be used to meet Accreditation, IRS Community Health Needs Assessment, Federally Qualified Health Center, and other community assessment requirements.