One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Local Public Health Informatics Perspectives
4:30pm - 5:30pmWednesday, March 7
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
In 2015 NACCHO executed two different surveys that assessed informatics capacity at local health departments across the country as well as electronic syndromic surveillance practice. In collaboration with Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, funding support by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), conducted the 2015 State of Health Informatics Capacity and Needs of Local Health Departments Survey. Similarly, in collaboration with the International Society for Disease Surveillance, NACCHO conducted the 2015 Biosurveillance Needs Assessment Survey. This session will give an overview of both surveys as well as provide a basic tutorial about public health and local health departments. Issues related to overall informatics capacity of local health departments and the gaps that need to be addressed in the current climate which includes budget cuts, workforce challenges, as well as the implications of national policy efforts.