National Syndromic Surveillance Program – International Society for Disease Surveillance


The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) promotes and advances development of a syndromic surveillance system for the timely exchange of syndromic data. These data are used to improve nationwide situational awareness and enhance responsiveness to hazardous events and disease outbreaks to protect America’s health, safety, and security. NSSP functions through collaboration among individuals and organizations at local, state, and federal levels of public health; federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; public health partner organizations; and hospitals and health professionals.The National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP-CoP) membership includes CDC-funded grantees, non-funded states and jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, CDC programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions to advance the science and practice of syndromic surveillance. While BioSense addresses SyS technology, the NSSP-CoP is the social framework for public health workers on the front lines of public health surveillance and emergency preparedness.

CDC and ISDS Cooperative Agreement:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance, has awarded the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) a three-year cooperative agreement to develop, implement, and maintain a community of practice for CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP).

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ISDS will apply more than a decade of experience administering and building collaborations among public health agencies and partners to foster a newly formalized CoP to support the goals of the NSSP to advance the timely exchange of syndromic data to improve the nation’s situational awareness and responsiveness to hazardous events and disease outbreaks.

The ISDS portfolio of NSSP-CoP activities is designed to build a community of practice, strengthen surveillance infrastructure, and support the needs of the surveillance community by fostering collaboration among organizations and across sectors through multiple mechanisms. Our approach to collaboration is to identify and align organizational priorities, create a shared vision, including a common understanding of evolving challenges, and implement joint approaches to address them through consensus-driven actions. The key outcomes of this project will result from harnessing the energy and expertise of individuals in the surveillance community to better serve their professional development, organizational capabilities in surveillance, and the health of the American population.

NSSP Community of Practice Charter

You are invited to share your comments on the NSSP CoP Charter with the steering committee. Click here.

NSSP-CoP Directory of Expertise

NSSP and BioSense Platform Reports