2013 Pre-Conference Workshop: Public Health Surveillance and Policy Issues for Experts – International Society for Disease Surveillance


The target audience of this Workshop was healthcare and public health professionals with experience in public health surveillance practice.


  • Elissa Weitzman, Harvard University
  • Julia Gunn, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Don Olson, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Charlie Ishikawa, International Society for Disease Surveillance
  • Scott McNabb, Rollins School of Public Health, Public Health Practice, LLC
  • Peter Hicks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • David Swenson, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Becky Zwickl, International Society for Disease Surveillance


This Workshop provided experienced public health surveillance professionals with a forum for learning and discussing current topics and policies essential to public health surveillance and an opportunity to collaborate with other experts in the field to develop practical, concrete products and tools. It included the following: a panel discussion on non-communicable disease surveillance; a series of roundtable discussions, including disaster surveillance/mass gathering response; a follow-up discussion from the 2012 ISDS Conference on (re)defining situational awareness; and break-out sessions to discuss and summarize current policy topics, such as Meaningful Use (U.S.), International Health Regulations (2005), and data sharing. Ultimately, this Workshop was intended to leverage the collective expertise of the group to advance participants’ understanding and practice and to allow for a high-quality and seamless translation of the knowledge gained in the Workshop within the participants’ organizations.

Agenda (pdf; updated 12/2/2013)