The Scientific Program Committee Invites You to Submit Your Abstract for the 2016 ISDS Annual Conference, December 6-8, 2016
ISDS Conference Tracks
Additional Support and Information
Weekly Transition Activities (updated 4/29/2016)
§CDC presents transition plan and conducts orientation to Adminer
§Users access Adminer to view new BioSense Platform Archive
§Users confirm accuracy of Master Facility Table
Weeks 2 and 3
§CDC leads orientation to the Access & Management Center (AMC) and ESSENCE
§Users set up accounts and data access via AMC
§Users learn ESSENCE functionality and use it to visualize syndromic surveillance data
§Sites transition to production (new) data flow
§CDC begins converting legacy data from BioSense 2.0 front-end application to BioSense Platform Archive and into ESSENCE
"The Flint water crisis is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) failed in its fundamental responsibility to effectively enforce drinking water regulations.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) failed to adequately and promptly act to protect public health. Both agencies, but principally the MDEQ, stubbornly worked to discredit and dismiss others’ attempts to bring the issues of unsafe water, lead contamination, and increased cases of Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) to light."
From the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and all the way to the Governor’s office, there are more than enough culpable participants in the failure to protect the health of Flint’s children. According to pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, who first alerted government officials of concerns for her patients, the lead-contaminated water could impact as many as 8000 children.1
The unimaginable happened. The repercussions are still unknown. But for persons engaged in disease surveillance, public health, health informatics and policy-making, the Final Report is a "must-read" to gain understanding of how separate individual and agency failures compounded to allow a catastrophic outcome. We recommend all practitioners review the report.