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Briefs Available for Comment - Members Only

Introduction

Types of Briefs

Example Brief Outline

Brief Review Processes

Resources



  Briefs Available for Comment - Members Only


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Title of Brief: Data Standardization: Dates of Importance to Public Health Surveillance, Illness (Symptom) Onset Date, Report Dates, Laboratory-Related Dates, (Clinical) Diagnosis Date
Brief Type: Issue
Brief Author Name and Contact Information: Molly Crockett (MA, Molly.Crockett@MassMail.State.MA.US) and Laura Erhart (AZ, laura.erhart@azdhs.gov)
 
Summary of Brief: This issue brief was developed by the Data Standardization Work Group (DSWG) of the CSTE Surveillance Practice and Implementation Subcommittee. Within Generic v2.0 and Generic v2.0-based message mapping guides (MMGs), several dates are important both as individual core surveillance data elements as well as contributing to components of other, hierarchical data elements used for case counting and CDC reporting. Due to the importance of these dates, four dates/date concepts were selected as the first set of data elements for the DSWG to assess: illness onset date, report dates, laboratory-related dates, and diagnosis date. Standardizing the use of these dates across programs and jurisdictions has the additional benefit of establishing a common vocabulary when dealing with complex or hierarchical data elements in the future. Each data element included in this brief includes three areas:
  • Background and Overview including Current Data Element Description, Priority and Usage
  • Recommended Definitions, Implementation and Data Sources
  • Recommended Actions
Comment period: December 3, 2019 – December 24, 2019
 
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To view the recording of this brief’s membership discussion webinar hosted on December 12, please click here.
 


  Introduction to Brief Process

  • CSTE Briefs are a mechanism through which CSTE membership can voice their opinion on any issue, topic, policy, or best practice that would not directly result in changes to state or local law, rule, or regulation. Briefs can be developed by CSTE Subcommittee or Steering Committee. Primary authors must be Active Members of CSTE, but Associate Members may be co-authors.
  • Briefs are not constrained by a submission timeline and may be developed at any time, though each brief is subject to a review and approval process. Copies of briefs will be made available to all members with request for comments and concurrence.
  • Briefs should be submitted electronically to briefs@cste.org.


  Types of Briefs

  • Issue Brief
    • Description: Issue briefs identify, define, and explain issues. Issue briefs can be statements of fact about an issue, provide CSTE’s opinion or perspective on an issue, summarize a meeting or the results of an assessment with its implications, present the state of a content area or condition, provide an overview of a topic, etc..
  • Policy Brief
    • Description: Policy briefs are statements of CSTE positions on issues of concern and may suggest policy action(s) to be taken (that does not affect state or local law/rule/regulation), provide guidance for best practices, state support for specific policies or guidelines from external sources, endorse positions taken by other organizations, etc.


  Example Brief Outline

  • Please use the below outline as a guide for the content that should be included in an issue or policy brief. Authors may adjust outline and content as necessary.
    1. Description of problem to be addressed
    2. Justification of importance to CSTE membership
    3. Position on policy or issue
    4. Options for consideration and next steps
    5. Authors


  Brief Review Process

  • First level: Appropriate Subcommittee Chair and CSTE Program Manager will review, provide feedback to primary author for reconciliation, and make approval decision to move brief to second review level.
  • Second level: Appropriate Steering Committee Chair, CSTE President (or designee), and Executive Director will review in consultation with CSTE Executive Board, provide feedback to primary author for reconciliation, and make approval decision to move brief to third review level.
  • Third level: Brief will be posted to the CSTE Website for a period of 3 weeks for review by CSTE membership. Membership will be notified via email when a brief is available for feedback. Feedback on briefing document will be collected via online discussion forum and shared with primary author upon close of comment period for reconciliation. The National Office will keep State Epidemiologists up-to-date on briefs available for comment via monthly All State Epi calls.
  • Fourth level: If changes are made by primary author as result of membership comment period, the appropriate Steering Committee chair has final review and approval rights in consultation with Executive Director and CSTE President (or designee).
  • Approved briefing documents will be published on the CSTE Website within 10 business days after approval.


  Resources