Incorporation of School Absenteeism Data into the Maryland Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE)

Zachary Faigen, Anikah Salim, Isaac Ajit


The state of Maryland has incorporated 100% of its public school systems (1,424 schools) into a statewide syndromic surveillance system. This session will discuss the process, challenges, and best practices for expanding the ESSENCE system to include school absenteeism data as part of disease surveillance.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *