Improving Global Influenza Surveillance
Strategies for the U.S. Government
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In May 2006, the U.S. government issued its comprehensive government-wide plan to prepare for the next influenza pandemic: the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, which lays out responsibilities for federal agency actions in the United States. One of the Implementation Plan’s three pillars is Surveillance and Detection, which prominently focuses on international surveillance activities. This documents reports on a RAND study, conducted from October 2005 through November 2006, which identifies strategies for improving global influenza surveillance and suggests practical steps that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services might consider for implementing them. The study’s systematic analytic approach also resulted in the development of an interactive tool that agencies can use to evaluate the effects of selected strategies. The interactive tool and the approach described in the study approach should also be of interest to public administrators who routinely must determine strategies for a variety of public policy issues.
Table of Contents
A Process Model and Interactive Tool for Comparing Strategies to Improve Probability and Timeliness of Case Detection
Leveraging Strategic Partners: Identifying Partnership Opportunities
Leveraging Strategic Partners: Quantifying Relationships
Conclusions and Recommendations
Interactive Tool for comparing Surveillance Improvement Strategies
Organizations Present in 210 Countries
Application of Social Network Analysis to Global Influenza Surveillance: Sample Value Survey
Application of Social Network Analysis to Global Influenza Surveillance: Sample Interactions Survey