EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community
The EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community is co-led by NACDD and the Public Health Informatics Institute. It is a series of 60-minute, monthly calls and is intended for state and local public health departments and their potential data partners including clinical organizations and health information exchanges. The content and discussion of these calls will include both MENDS-specific topics as well as more foundational surveillance and data analytics topics.
The goals of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community are to:
- Build public health capabilities to describe and advocate for the MENDS project and other EHR-based surveillance opportunities
- Discuss critical implementation issues such as articulating the rationale, developing a compelling value proposition, securing executive sponsorship, developing effective and inclusive governance, using effective project management and change management methods, and identifying enablers and common barriers
- Enable peer-to-peer learning through webinars and open discussion
- Help NACDD to understand the challenges and and opportunities for growth in EHR-based surveillance and project governance
Who Should Join and Participate?
The EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community is intended for program and epidemiology staff in your chronic disease unit, as well as department-level epidemiologists and informaticists. Health system data partners might also be interested in participating in the community.
Since the purpose of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community is to build chronic disease surveillance capabilities in your health department, we encourage you to identify a core team of chronic disease program, surveillance and informatics staff to regularly participate in the calls, and to ensure that at least one member of your team is on each call.
Format of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community
The EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community calls last 60 minutes. The first portion of the calls are educational and focused on related topics critical to an EHR-based surveillance program design and implementation; the second portion is a facilitated discussion and open Q&A. The slides and recordings will be posted on the NACDD MENDS website following the calls.
How do I join the community?
The calls are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 3-4:00 p.m. ET. To register for the community, click here.
- January 21
- February 18
- March 17
- April 21
- May 19
- June 16
- July 21
Previous Call Materials & Recordings:
Description: Presentations on EHR-based Surveillance for Chronic Disease, with an example from the Utah Department of Health, and the Multi-State EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS) Project.
Speakers: Bill Brand and Emily Kraus (Public Health Informatics Institute); Theron Jeppson (Utah Department of Health)
Click the links to access: Presentation Slides | Recording
Description: November’s call included practical tips to help with building support for EHR-based surveillance for Chronic Disease with Deirdre Browner, from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, sharing lessons learned from the field. Additionally, we explored critical success factors to implementing surveillance systems for Chronic Disease Surveillance.
Speakers: Bill Brand and Emily Kraus (Public Health Informatics Institute); Deirdre Browner (County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency)
Deirdre Browner, MPH is a senior epidemiologist and evaluation manager for the Maternal, Child and Family Services Branch at the County of San Diego. Her team works on surveillance, epidemiology, and evaluation for San Diego's REACH and 1817 Grants from CDC, and SNAP-ed (CalFresh) and Tobacco Programs from the California Department of Public Health. She began her career at the University of California, San Diego as a research epidemiologist working on various projects from cardiovascular epidemiology to health services research.
Click the links to access: Presentation Slides and Recording
Additional Resources: You can find guidance on creating a project charter and conducting a stakeholder analysis in PHII's Toolkit for Planning an EHR-based Surveillance Program here.
Description: This month’s topic is analysis and visualization reporting tools, including a demonstration by Sara Schmidt and Greg Budney of the CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) dashboard and maps. Additionally, Dr. Noelle Cocoros will share options for visualizing EHR data via RiskScape.
Speakers: Bill Brand (Public Health Informatics Institute); Sara Schmitt (Colorado Health Institute) and Greg Budney (Denver Public Health); and Dr. Noelle Cocoros (Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute)
Click the links to access: Speaker Bios | Presentation Slides | Recording