Effective Reportable Disease Surveillance for COVID-19 Recovery

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) core mission is to protect the health and well-being of Angelenos. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this charge has become even more critical. Public health officials are working tirelessly to slow the spread of the infection, urging all residents to take collective action to protect themselves and their communities. DPH also recognizes that a strong underlying Reportable Disease Surveillance system will be key to ensuring timely and accurate data for decision-making.

To support this work, DPH is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow Jennifer Hobart to work with its Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention. Jennifer will conduct research and a gap analysis of ongoing surveillance programs across disease-specific teams in order to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that transitions the current surveillance programs into a unified Reportable Disease Surveillance system. DPH envisions the program as essential to potentially preventing future pandemic-related health crises in the area and ultimately protecting the health and well-being of L.A. County residents and visitors.