CSTE logo
This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
NSSP Community of Practice
Share |


Join the NSSP CoP |  Knowledge Repository  | NSSP Website | Technical Resource Center| NSSP BioSense Platform | Monthly NSSP Newsletter


CSTE to Facilitate NSSP Community of Practice

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has been selected by CDC to facilitate the National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) through the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSELS) National Partnership Cooperative Agreement. As the professional home for applied epidemiologists, CSTE is excited to engage and provide support to the syndromic surveillance community.

On November 1, 2019, CSTE started providing administrative support for NSSP CoP-related calls and other syndromic surveillance activities. CSTE and CDC NSSP continue to meet regularly to coordinate transition of NSSP CoP activities.

If you have any questions regarding the transition of activities, or are interested in joining the community and/or its related groups, please email syndromic@cste.org.

What is the NSSP Community of Practice?

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program's Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. Membership in the NSSP CoP includes state, local and federal public health practitioners with syndromic surveillance at their jurisdictions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, health-care, and academia.


While CSTE is a member-based organization, involvement in the NSSP CoP and its related groups (described below) is voluntary, free of charge, independent of CSTE membership, and open to any person or organization interested in advancing syndromic surveillance. If are interested in joining the community and/or its related groups, please email syndromic@cste.org.

Why Participate?

Participation in the NSSP CoP helps public health practitioners stay abreast of advances in the science and practice of syndromic surveillance.

The NSSP CoP provides numerous benefits:

  • access to experts across the nation, including CDC and state and local syndromic surveillance practitioners
  • increased capacity to conduct syndromic surveillance through enhanced coordination across public health jurisdictions and organizations
  • established mechanism for receiving technical assistance
  • more efficient use of resources through collaborative efforts
  • access to curated repository of syndromic surveillance tools and resources
  • shared success stories and lessons learned
  • shared professional identity


NSSP CoP Knowledge Repository

Access the NSSP CoP Knowledge Repository, which contains resources developed by the community for the community. Find resources on syndromes, data analytics, data sharing, and other topics. Submit resources to be considered for addition to the Knowledge Repository by emailing syndromic@cste.org


NSSP CoP Group Overviews


National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP)

Monthly calls | 3rd Tuesday of the month | 3:00-4:30pm ET

Promotes knowledge sharing, training, innovation, and timely exchange of syndromic surveillance data among state and local public health agencies and partners. NSSP CoP members include state, local, and federal public health practitioners with responsibility for syndromic surveillance within their organizations (nonprofit and for-profit, healthcare, and academia).


NSSP CoP Core Committee (NSSP CoP CC)

Monthly calls | 2nd Monday of the month | 1:00-2:30pm ET

Comprises experts from various surveillance disciplines who oversee CoP activities to ensure the syndromic surveillance community's needs are being met. The committee also serves as a conduit between the community, CDC, and other stakeholders. The NSSP CoP SC champions the causes that are important to and representative of the syndromic surveillance community.


Data Quality Subcommittee (DQ)

Monthly calls | 2nd Friday of the month | 12:00-1:00pm ET

Engages the NSSP CoP to identify and address syndromic data quality issues and concerns through thoughtful discussion and inclusion of outside stakeholders. The DQC fosters relationships among all groups with a hand in syndromic messaging to improve syndromic surveillance practice for everyone.


Syndrome Definition Subcommittee (SD)

Monthly calls | 1st Wednesday of the month | 1:00-2:00pm ET

Creates, evaluates, and refines syndrome definitions, links users with similar syndrome definition needs, and documents these processes. The SDC aims to be a resource for collaboration and best practices in the syndrome definition creation process.


Syndromic Surveillance and Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee (SPHERR)

Monthly calls | 1st Friday of the month | 2:00-2:45pm ET

Helps syndromic surveillance and public health preparedness professionals fully integrate syndromic surveillance data and information into emergency preparedness and response and provides access to a national peer network for ad hoc support or collaboration during incidents and events of national interest (e.g., extreme weather and mass gatherings).


Technical Subcommittee (Tech)

Quarterly calls | 1st Thursday of every 3rd month | 2:00-3:30pm ET

Facilitates and improves bi-directional communication between NSSP and the syndromic surveillance community to ensure that syndromic surveillance data management, analysis, visualization, and reporting needs are met.

Other Resources

National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) Website

CDC NSSP's website has a new look that explains syndromic surveillance (SyS) to a high-level audience, shows SyS in action with many of the great success stories from our state and local public health department partners, and also explains how NSSP works across CDC to partner with other programs to develop syndrome definitions and respond to health events such as the opioid overdose epidemic and vaping lung disease outbreak.

NSSP Technical Resource Center

The NSSP Technical Resource Center is your one-stop-shop for all the technical resources you may need to do your job. On the page, you will now find links to the BioSense Platform and its tools, the Knowledge Repository, the NSSP Update newsletter, and the CSTE hosted NSSP Community of Practice website. On the NSSP Technical Resource Center, please note the button for a new page called “Technical Publications and Standards.”

BioSense Platform

Access the BioSense Platform and contact the Service Desk.

NSSP Update

Check out the monthly NSSP Update!

Call Calendar





This website is supported by Cooperative Agreement # 6NU38OT000297-02-01 Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. CDC is not responsible for Section 508 compliance (accessibility) on private websites.