Improving Public Health Preparedness with Stronger Biosurveillance Systems: A New Perspective – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Thursday, November 21, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET


ISDS Public Health Practice Committee


Ed Baker, MD, MPH, MSc
Research Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director, North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center

Perry Smith, MD

Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany

What information will your agency and community need for the next emergency? Will your public health surveillance systems be able to meet those demands?

Join us to discuss how governmental public health agencies can enhance emergency preparedness through wise investments and actions that build biosurveillance capabilities.

In this ISDS webinar, Drs. Ed Baker and Perry Smith will review research findings and expert recommendations from a recent report prepared for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This report, “Improving Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening Biosurveillance Systems for Enhanced Situational Awareness”, provides public health decisions makers and front-line surveillance professionals with the latest view on:

  • Target public health surveillance system capabilities;
  • Guiding principles for biosurveillance; and
  • The “core” information needed for effective public health emergency responses.

Drs. Baker and Smith will also preview steps that the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will be initiating to translate the report’s findings into practice.

Public health professionals who oversee agency-wide preparedness projects, or who design, manage and use public surveillance systems should attend this free webinar.

After completing the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the core data and information needs for public health situational awareness and emergency response management.
  2. Discuss principles and capabilities that are crucial to surveillance information systems that can adapt to unique and changing circumstances.
  3. Identify the translational resources being developed to support public health agencies use the report’s findings and recommendations for enhanced situational awareness and response management.


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