NSSP CoP Steering Committee Members
Krystal Collier, Steering Committee Chair, Program Project Specialist, Arizona Department of Health
Krystal S. Collier is the Program Project Specialist for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Syndromic Surveillance Program and has been an active member in the Community of Practice (CoP) since 2012. Her current position includes supporting ADHS’ efforts to onboard facilities for Arizona into the BioSense Platform, answering questions for the ADHS Public Health Meaningful Use Helpdesk, and a facilitator of the Arizona BioSense Workgroup and Exploratory Analysis Subgroup. The experiences and interaction with a diverse group of partners including providers, hospitals, Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors, public health practitioners, all contribute to her role as co-chair of the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) EHR Vendor Specific Data Quality Concerns Workgroup. As a Steering Committee member, she is looking for opportunities to champion syndromic surveillance success stories through collaborative partnerships, engagement activities, and finding methods to share knowledge and resources that will contribute to the CoP.
Rosa Ergas, Past Steering Committee Chair, Syndromic Surveillance Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Rosa Ergas has been an active participant in the NSSP CoP and the BioSense User Group since starting in her current role as syndromic surveillance program coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in February of 2014. As syndromic surveillance coordinator, Rosa developed onboarding and validation protocols and worked with the Massachusetts HIE to develop and implement validation. Since attending the May, 2014 in person BUG meeting in Atlanta, Rosa has participated in or led several workgroups and specific projects with the NSSP CoP and BioSense Governance Group.
Rosa understands the need for a strong community of practice to move syndromic surveillance beyond data quality and into meaningful use of these rich and unique data to impact the practice of public health and ultimately improve the health of our communities. Rosa looks forward to participation in and service to the community of practice as we enter a new chapter in syndromic surveillance.
Teresa Hamby, Data Analyst, NJ Department of Health
Teresa Hamby is a data analyst on the surveillance staff of the Communicable Disease Service (CDS) of the New Jersey Department of Health. She began working with New Jersey’s emergency department surveillance data in 2001 and provides technical expertise for surveillance activities within CDS and for the Department whose system has developed from faxed forms into a statewide electronic syndromic surveillance system. New Jersey has participated in post-Hurricane Sandy surveillance research and Ms. Hamby helped coordinate surveillance for Super Bowl XLVIII and the Pope’s visit as part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015. She is a native North Carolinian and received her MSPH in Health Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her degree, Ms. Hamby worked for nearly 6 years as an analyst in maternal and child health at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before moving to back to the east coast and settling in New Jersey.
Robert Mathes, Director, Syndromic Surveillance Unit New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Robert Mathes is an epidemiologist with 15 years of experience in public health practice and research. Beginning his career as a cancer epidemiologist, his most recent work has focused on the effects of heat and air pollution on cardiovascular morbidity, the application of statistical methodologies to syndromic data for aberration detection, and the daily operation of the New York City syndromic surveillance system. He is currently the Director of the Syndromic Surveillance Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Caleb Wiedeman, Epidemiologist, Emergency Preparedness Program, Tennessee Department of Health
Caleb Wiedeman is the syndromic surveillance epidemiologist in the Emergency Preparedness program at the Tennessee Department of Health. He has been a state level epidemiologist for nine years and worked specifically on syndromic surveillance the past four.
Zachary Faigen, Enhanced Surveillance Epidemiologist, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Zachary Faigen earned his B.S. degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his M.S.P.H. degree in epidemiology from Emory University in 2008. He has worked as a registered environmental health specialist and an epidemiologist in both the private and public sectors. He conducted syndromic surveillance in Maryland and the National Capital Region for 5 years as the lead for ESSENCE program at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For the past 3 years, he has continued his work in syndromic surveillance as the lead for the NC DETECT program at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Anikah Salim, Regulatory Health Project Manager, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Anikah Salim is a board certified environmental epidemiologist and has worked in public health globally and nationally at the local, federal and state levels for the past ten years. She served as the lead biosurveillance epidemiologist with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Preparedness and Response managing the statewide syndromic surveillance system, ESSENCE for seven years and is currently a Regulatory Health Project Manager with the Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Science. Anikah has experience in syndromic surveillance, particularly for the National Capital Region, which includes Washington, DC and Virginia. She has reviewed disease activity for evidence of unusual cases or clusters, investigated natural, intentional, or simulated outbreaks, and tracked certain diseases on a daily basis as well as respond to natural disasters, weather-related threats, and any other public health emergencies. Anikah has a broad experience and knowledge working with several administrations as well as Federal, state and regional preparedness partners.
Amanda Morse, Syndromic Surveillance Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health