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School Based Syndromic Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contract: 75D30123P18332
Agency Tracking Number: 75D30123P18332
Amount: $241,921.48
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NCHHSTP 054
Solicitation Number: PHS 2023-1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
40 Sutton Point
Pittsford, NY 14534-4620
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Madhu Nair
 (585) 624-7202
Business Contact
 Sharada Menon
Phone: (585) 317-6396
Research Institution

Outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to go from in-person to virtual classrooms leading to adverse outcomes including lower educational metrics. Inability to prepare for a pandemic could be attributed to a lack of syndromic surveillance system to detect outbreak based on school-related data. Public health officials, including CDC team, tasked with identifying and tracking school learning modes and outbreaks within schools had to craft a manual process that was laborious and time-consuming because it relied on a combination of web scraping and calling school districts. School-related data (e.g., reasons for absences, outbreaks, and school closures) from a surveillance system would have been useful. Preventing future pandemics will require coordination and cooperation at all strata of public health. Syndromic surveillance system to detect outbreaks based on school-related data could be critical in building an infrastructure to address issues identified in the solicitation. Proposal is for (a) identifying systems that could serve as a syndromic surveillance system for school and evaluating systems as per CDC’s framework for evaluating public health systems, (b) developing design for a new surveillance system that would collect school-related data, and (c) providing cost and timeline for developing, testing, and deploying including annual operational and modifications costs.

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