Public Health Surveillance is the systematic, ongoing collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the timely dissemination of information to public health decision makers so that action can be taken to protect public health.
Public Health Surveillance information has many uses, which include, but are not limited to:
The AHS Public Health Surveillance (PHS) team collaborates with internal and external partners in the development, implementation and operation of an integrated network dedicated to optimizing public health surveillance. By continually analyzing health data and demographic information from various sources, we aim to provide AHS leaders with an epidemiological picture that enables informed decision making.
The PHS team supports the public health program areas of Environmental Public Health, Communicable Disease Control and Emergency/Disaster Preparedness.
The PHS team is currently working with partners on:
Gonorrhea Antimicrobial Resistance
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: The Alberta Experience