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Pre-School and School Health Surveillance Toolkit

he Pre-School and School Health Surveillance Guide can help local public health departments develop efficient systems to facilitate health information exchange between a local health department and schools or childcare facilities in an agency’s jurisdiction. It describes how TCPH set up a Web-based portal using open source software. That approach makes Tarrant County’s system a highly replicable, affordable and enduring solution — one the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) has called a promising practice for pandemic influenza preparedness.

The guide addresses all aspects of the actual process of engaging data providers and building and deploying pre-school and school health surveillance systems. Four complete case studies examine similar systems developed by health departments in Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH), Harris County (Houston, TX), Sedgwick County (Wichita, KS) and at the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (Austin, TX). In this way, the guide identifies multiple paths agencies can consider and take.