Activities of Note

  • Call for Nominations: BioSense 2.0 Governance Group Elections CORRECTION, EXTENSION Nomination period extended The period to nominate candidates for the BioSense Governance Group is extended through the end of this Friday, 3/13.  We still need at least two local ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2015, 6:10 AM by Mark Sum
  • Governance Survey Results: User preferences for additional software In December 2012, the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group conducted a survey of the BioSense 2.0 User community to assess the preferences software that might be included in the ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2013, 2:25 PM by Scott Gordon
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This section of the BioSense Program Redesign site is an area for communication between the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group, the users of BioSense 2.0, and contributors to BioSense.   Here you will find a description of the BioSense Governance Group, updates on its activities, and tools for sending feedback to the Group or to one of its individual members.

BioSense 2.0 Governance Group
In order to ensure that the development of BioSense 2.0 is advised by the entire public health community, the development of a governance group, with significant representation from state and local public health, was a major component in the development of the BioSense 2.0 program.

ASTHO is responsible for facilitating the development of the Governance Group for BioSense 2.0.  In 2011, an interim governance group was created as an ad-hoc body to help usher in the governance process, develop a governance charter, and ultimately lead to the formation of a permanent governance structure.   The interim group consisted of members from ASTHO, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), and the CDC.

These initial tasks were achieved, with a completed Governance Charter and with the newly formed permanent Governance Group having held its first conference call on August 23.

Click here to see the current version of the Governance Charter.  Older versions of the Charter can be found in the Governance "Notes and Files" link above.

BioSense 2.0 Governance Membership
The new permanent structure of the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group consists of 15 representatives, including
  • 3 representatives from state and territorial public health agencies 
  • 3 from local public health agencies 
  • 2 from non-public health data providers (hospitals, electronic health records vendors, etc), 
and one representative, each, from:
Major responsibilities of the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group, as defined in the Charter are to:
  • provide representation for a diverse set of public health stakeholders from state, local, and federal levels
  • help set strategic priorities, policy, and direction for BioSense 2.0
  • assure that system development is responsive to jurisdictional and user input
  • serve as a conduit for feedback and recommendations from the constituents that the Governance Group members represent.
As BioSense 2.0 continues to develop, it is expected that the Charter and the functions of Governance may change over time to reflect emerging issues.  However, in all cases the goal of the BioSense 2.0 Governance Group will continue to represent stakeholders of BioSense 2.0.