Surveillance & Health Status Assessment

Health Surveillance is the ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of health data essential for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health activities, closely integrated with timely dissemination of the data to enable effective and efficient action to be taken to prevent and control disease.

Surveillance and Health Status Assessment monitors and reports on the health of the population and conducts surveillance for the early detection of disease or other health risks.

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Information and knowledge disseminated by a public health surveillance system is routinely used by program leaders and decision makers for immediate public health action, program planning and evaluation, and formulating priority key questions that require further exploration and innovations.

The Surveillance and Health Status Assessment area of Population and Public Health includes the following program areas:

  • Health Status Assessment refers to the collection and analysis of data and information to profile the health of the population, sub-populations, and communities.
  • 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 Innovation and Decision Support is responsible for providing service, consultation, mentorship and partnership in the areas of applied research (including evaluation) and knowledge exchange in population and public health.

Each of these teams is charged with providing timely, quality information, evidence and knowledge for informed decision making, for the planning and delivery of high quality, accessible and sustainable programs and services in Alberta Health Services.