Submit a Success Story

Success is R.E.A.L.

(Recognizing Everyday Accomplishments LOUDLY!)

People making decisions in government need to hear success stories to understand the impact of public health. Answering the question of "so what?" and putting a human face on the statistics helps the general public to have a more empathetic understanding of the benefits of public health programs.

One aspect of public health programs that makes for difficult storytelling is the fact that these programs are often designed to treat populations, not individuals. As such, most public health reporting is focused on numbers and statistics. When is the last time you heard an interesting story about a bar chart? Probably not recently. That is because the abstract thinking that goes into processing numbers often "turns off" the part of our brain that generates an emotional response to a story. However, stories of surveillance in action and making an impact are invaluable to the discussion of why syndromic surveillance is a vital part of public health practice.

Stories of how you are using syndromic surveillance every day to impact public health practice, education, and intervention will showcase your experience and help others to implement surveillance systems. From a training perspective, these stories can also help public health professionals learn from each other.

For more information about how to write a success story, please see our training on "What is a success story and how to write one?"

NOTE: to submit a story to the Stories of Surveillance in Action Library, you must have an account on the Surveillance Knowledge Repository and be logged in. You can register for an account here. If you already have an account, please sign in here. Once your story has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the curators of the Surveillance Knowledge Repository prior to publishing in the Library. This review process generally takes 2-3 weeks.

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National Syndromic
Surveillance Program

Email:nssp@cdc.gov

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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