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Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Task Force
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Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (ARS) is a tremendous challenge to public health and healthcare.

The science is difficult. The microbiology and pathology of the microorganisms, the genetics of antimicrobial resistance, and medical care are complex and extensive.

The organizations and systems that need to be involved in ARS are also complex and extensive. ARS requires coordination of information and data systems. It requires the skills and knowledge of diverse disciplines (public health, medical care, and informatics).

A national planning and implementation effort is needed to focus resources and efforts by many different organizations. The CSTE/CDC/APHL Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Task Force (the “Task Force”) originated as the CDC’s response to CSTE Position Statement 13-SI-01 , Recommendations for strengthening public health surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in the United States. Its goal is to build a timely and sophisticated system adequate to the daunting task of ARS.





After a year of work, in March 2017, the Task Force developed a vision, strategic map, and a scheme of organizational roles and responsibilities for strengthening ARS in the United States.

These key planning tools are available here:
  1. Vision
  2. Strategic Map - a one page visual which identifies key objectives to achieve a coordinated nationwide surveillance system
  3. Strategic Profile - an annotated version of the strategic map
  4. Roles and Responsibility tables - a listing of tasks for each sector at each level of public health
We encourage you to read and discuss these documents.
In the coming three years, the Task Force will focus on implementing priorities identified in the strategic plan:
  • Structure for interdisciplinary and interorganizational collaboration and coordination;
  • Exchange of AR laboratory data among healthcare providers, clinical laboratories, public health epidemiologists, and public health laboratories; and
  • Leveraged public health informatics tools.
National Office contact: Brooke Beaulieu
This Task Force is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)