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Share the Health_Alberta Real Time Syndromic Surveillance Net (ARTSSN)

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Community/Project Name: Alberta Real Time Syndromic Surveillance Net (ARTSSN) 



1. Target population: Superintendents of Central Zone School Jurisdictions

2. Locations served: Central Zone 

3. Name of leader and organization:  Dr. Mohammed Mosli and Lorna Muise

4. Grants utilized: N/A



Briefly describe the initiative:

ARTSSN is a health surveillance system developed by AHS that allows health professionals to identify potential illness clusters in order provide a rapid response for Albertans.  The data is used for routine monitoring of infectious disease and is critical during emergencies such as natural disasters (fires, floods, etc.).  ARTSSN products also allow health professionals to make informed decisions to support and improve the health of Albertans.   Data is collected in a variety of ways including calls to Health Link/ 811 and visits to emergency departments and urgent care systems.   No identifying information about students is shared with AHS; the data that is sent is all anonymous.


 What were the main objectives of the program:

In December of 2017, Sherry Trithart (a Public Health Planner with AHS Surveillance Reporting) approached Dr. Mosli and I to request support in connecting with the jurisdictions in Central Zone.  Previous requests over the past 3 years had resulted in only 4 jurisdictions joining the “net”. 


Please list the key successes:

Our goal was to introduce and “on-board” 3 districts between December 2017 and March 2018.  As of March 21, 2018 we have met with 6 jurisdictions and all have agreed to be part of ARTSSN (only 1 district remains – we have requested an April meeting with them).


The key to this success has been the development of trusting relationships with our jurisdiction partners.  We were warned that some districts had been difficult in the past and were not interested in being engaged.  Our team has built a good rapport with our Education partners which allowed us to access the right decision makers. 




Who were the partners involved?

The districts Dr. Mosli and I have approached include: Battle River, Buffalo Trail, Chinook’s Edge, Clearview, East Central Alberta Catholic and Red Deer Catholic.  Red Deer Public, Prairie Land, Wetaskiwin and Wild Rose had previously joined ARTSSN. 


Other resources utilized (websites, pamphlets, projects)?

ARTSSN hand bill and backgrounder.


How long did it take to plan and implement the initiative?

Our role has lasted only 3 months but provincial staff were in contact with Central Alberta School districts starting in the 2014 – 15 school year. 


If needed, how did you market your initiative?

I reached out to superintendents of each of the school jurisdictions via e-mail and attached the handbill and backgrounder.  It was helpful to reference Dr. Mohammed Mosli (MOH for Central Zone) in the message.




 What challenges were faced while developing and implementing this initiative?

We have had numerous questions but Dr. Mosli and I (mainly Dr. Mosli) have been able to handle all the questions.  Sherry provided all the information we needed to understand and promote ARTSSN.  We have been warned that the last district on the list will be the hardest to “on-board: so we will await what happens with the last district. 


How were the challenges overcome? N/A



 List the outcomes achieved:

  • AHS now has data from 6 additional jurisdictions in Central Alberta to pull data from and track health trends.

  • Lorna connected Sherry to Ray Harrison (HCY) to assist with connecting to school jurisdictions outside of Central Zone via the HPCs


 How did you evaluate the initiatives success?

The outcome measured is the number of schoolboards that have joined ARTSSN.


Were any follow up actions planned post-initiative? 




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2. Locations served:  Stettler Elementary School, Wm E Hay Secondary Campus, Stettler Outreach School, Erskine School, Donalda School, Big Valley School, Byemoor School, Gus Wetter, Botha School, Brownfield School

3. Name of leader and organization:  Barb Gano & Brenda MacDonald, Clearview Public Schools

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