UPDATED: Syndromic Surveillance 101 - Introduction to R for Health Surveillance

In this 26 minute video, Eric Bakota offers an overview of a free statistical package, R, and an overview of commonly used tips and tricks shared in the surveillance community for analysis work in R.

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April 30, 2019

National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP) Expert Panel - Part II: Facilitating Groups & Meetings

Presented February 26, 2019.

This webinar is the second installment of the 2-part NSSP CoP Expert Panel Webinar Series on Being a Leader in Your Community.  Click here to view Part I: Leading Community Groups

February 26, 2019

Jurisdictional Etiquette Workgroup: An offshoot of a Syndromic Surveillance Consortium

Syndromic data is shifting the way surveillance has been done traditionally. Most recently, surveillance has gone beyond city limits and county boundary lines. In southeast Texas, a regional consortium of public health agencies and stakeholders in the 13-County area governs the local ESSENCE system. The Houston Health Department, (HHD) is responsible for deploying ESSENCE to the entire region.

June 18, 2019

Exploring Drug Overdose Mortality Data in Harris County, Texas

Drug overdose mortality is a growing problem in the United States. In 2017 alone over 72,000 deaths were attributed to drug overdose, most of which were caused by fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids). While nearly every community has seen an increase in drug overdose, there is considerable variation in the degree of increase in specific communities. The Harris County community, which includes the City of Houston, has not seen the massive spikes observed in some communities, such as West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

June 18, 2019

Integrated West Nile Virus Surveillance in Harris County, Texas, 2003 to 2018

West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of autochthonous arboviral disease in the United States. The virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of infected Culex species of mosquitos. WNV was first identified in Harris County, Texas, in 20022. Since then, the mosquito-borne virus has become endemic in the region, with surges in 2012 and 2014. Although majority of individuals infected are asymptomatic, WNV induced neuroinvasive infections often result in hospitalizations and adverse outcomes3-7, thus may pose a significant concern in public health and healthcare.

June 18, 2019

Disaster Surveillance: Perspectives from Federal, State, and Local levels

In this panel, the presenters will discuss their perspective in responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25th and over the course of 4 days dropped approximately 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. The flooding that ensued was unprecedented and forced over 13,000 people into shelters. These individuals needed to have their basic needs -food, shelter, clothing, sanitation- met as well as their physical and mental health needs.

January 25, 2018

Using R Markdown, SQL, and RODBC to Generate Reports

Presented May 31, 2017.

Eric Bakota will go over the results from the survey and then I’ll show a report that we generate at HHD using RMarkdown, SQL, and RODBC. This report uses RODBC to connect to our Electronic Disease Surveillance System (MAVEN) to query data needed for the report. The data are imported to R, where they are processed into the various tables, graphs, charts that are used to generate the report. Automating this report has saved 8-10 hours each month.

September 20, 2017

Houston Health Department’s response to the threat of Zika virus

Zika virus spread quickly through South and Central America in 2015. The City of Houston saw its first travel-related Zika cases in December of 2015. On January 29th, the City held the first planning meeting with regional partners from healthcare, blood banks, petrochemical companies, mosquito control, and others. Additionally the City activated Incident Command Structure (ICS) and designated the Public Health Authority as the Incident Commander.

July 06, 2017

Making Report-Quality Plots in R with Low-to-Moderate Coding Experience

Presented May 26, 2016.

Eric Bakota will go over Hadley Wickham’s ‘ggplot2’ package using the same grammar of graphics framework outlined in Wickham’s 2010 paper on the subject. This webinar will discuss how to create a plot by looking at the components that make up its overall structure. It will also go into how these graphics can be integrated into RMarkdown to create an automated report that is visually appealing.

September 20, 2017

Estimating FluNearYou Correlation to ILINet at Different Levels of Participation

Flu Near You allows individuals to volunteer to be a sentinel node of the syndromic surveillance (SyS) network. The platform has the potential to provide insight into the spread of influenza-like illness (ILI). CDC’s ILINet is the gold standard for tracking ILI at the national level, but does not track into the local level. Local health departments (LHD) frequently express a need for granular data specific to their jurisdictions. FNY attempts to meet this need by collecting and sharing data at the zip code level.

August 31, 2017

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The National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) is a collaboration among states and public health jurisdictions that contribute data to the BioSense Platform, public health practitioners who use local syndromic surveillance systems, Center for Disease Control and Prevention programs, other federal agencies, partner organizations, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and academic institutions.

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