DRSi Newsletter (The Reporter)

The PPS Department is part of a Tri-service group that hosts monthly training sessions for MTF and shipboard public health staff, including users of the Disease Reporting System internet (DRSi). Presenters highlight disease surveillance information, requirements, activities, and best practices in a variety of topics including disease reporting, water surveillance, disease vector surveillance and infectious disease control. Three training sessions are provided on the last Tuesday of every month from January to October at 0900, 1500, and 1700 ET. Continuing medical education (CME) and continuing nursing education (CNE) credits are available. The trainings are approximately 30 minutes long and are conducted online with an accompanying dial-in phone number.

PPS also hosts other training sessions, on an ad hoc basis, to support Navy and Marine Corps specific disease surveillance topics such as lead in priority areas. See the Registration section below to keep informed of all of these sessions.

All trainings are recorded. Links and associated slides are posted below under "Archived Trainings Directory" for those unable to attend during the scheduled live sessions.

Participate in Future Disease Surveillance Trainings

Registration: Contact the DRSi helpdesk at or 757-953-0954 to add your name to our email list to be informed about upcoming trainings. To attend the Tri-Service Monthly Trainings, see the Obtaining Continuing Education Hours to register in order to comply with CME/CNE credit requirements.

Trainings: To view the trainings, log-in to Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) during the live event or view archived presentations from the Archived Training Directory section below. In advance of your first session, we strongly encourage you to set up a free DCS account.

Audio: Audio is available through the dial-in number that is sent in each monthly training announcement. In addition, audio is available through DCS. The recorded DCS session of the training, in addition to the slides, will be posted to the Archived Training Directory following the event.

Q&A: The presenter will capture questions through the DCS chat function. Additionally, participants may ask questions on the audio bridge at the designated time during the training.

Obtain Continuing Education Hours

As part of the Tri-service Monthly Training effort, the U.S. Army Public Health Command offers CME and CNE credits for all participants. To receive credits:

  1. Register for the Epi-Tech Surveillance Training for FY19 on the Army CME website (you only need to register once between October 2018 to September 2019).
  2. Attend a live session
  3. Enter your name, service, email, and command in the chat box of the live session
  4. You will receive confirmation of attendance via email within 48 hours, and you can claim your cumulative credits at the conclusion of the training series (after 30 September 2019, not after each traing session).
  5. To claim your credits for FY18 or previous years, visit Army CME website to ensure you receive

Training Schedule and Learning Objectives for 2019

29 Jan: Writing a local instruction/SOP for surveillance Describe the features of the Health Surveillance Explorer. Understand the main functions that can be used at the local level to support routine surveillance efforts Describe the elements of a good local surveillance instruction.
26 Feb: Health Surveillance Explorer Describe the new features in ESSENCE v5. Understand the main functions that will be used at the local level on a routine basis. Learn how to obtain access.
26 Mar: Topic: "Introduction to ESSENCE v5" Describe the new features in ESSENCE v5. Understand the main functions that will be used at the local level on a routine basis. Learn to create an individualized user view. Understand how to use dashboards for routine surveillance.
30 April: GI Illnesses/Norovirus Identify the etiologic agents that cause GI Illnesses. Describe how to collect a food history. Understand the force health impact of GI Illnesses including Norovirus.
28 May: Prevention Services for the STI Patient State the standard of care for the treatment, testing, vaccination, counseling and partner services for the STI patient List the sources of training and support documents for conducting STI patient prevention services Identify the concepts and steps in conducting sexual risk reduction counseling and sexual partner referral services
25 June: Outbreak Control Describe what an outbreak is and its significance/impact Understand the epidemiology of an outbreak using line listings, attack rates, and epi curves. Learn to create a questionairre for use during an outbreak.
30 July:Introduction to the NEW DRSi Describe where to find the old functions of DRSi Explain the new features of DRSi Understand how to use the frequently used functions of DRSi as a Reporter
27 Aug:Introduction to the NEW DRSi Describe where to find the old functions of DRSi Explain the new features of DRSi Understand how to use the frequently used functions of DRSi as a Reporter
24 Sept: DoD Influenza Surveillance Describe the significance of influenza in terms of public health Describe current surveillance and reporting activities within the military Know who to contact if you have additional questions
29 Oct:Installation Drinking Water TBD TBD TBD

Archived Training Directory



Managing Misreporting: Common Mistakes and Misreported RMEs (July 2018) milTube PDF
How is DRSi Data Used? (August 2018) milTube PDF
Improving Medical Event Reporting (February 2018)   PPTX
Armed Forces RME Guidelines Changes (June 2017) milTube PDF
Disease Reporting Best Practices (April 2017) milTube PDF
Barriers to Reporting (April 2016)
Navigating DRSi (October 2015)
RME Guidelines & Case Definitions: 2017 Updates (October 2017) milTube PPTX
Case Finding for Medical Event Reporting- (June 2018) milTube PDF
Case Finding for DRSi Reporting - (January 2017) milTube PDF
Best Practices for Case Finding – (April 2013)   PPTX
Introduction to ESSENCE v5 (March 2019) milTube PDF
ESSENCE v5 demo (May 2018) milTube PDF
ESSENCE (October 2016) milTube PDF
ESSENCE Epi-Tech Training - (March 2014)   PDF
GI Illnesses
Foodborne Illness from a Veterinary (July 2017) milTube PPTX
Salmonella Poona Investigation Lessons Learned (July 2016) milTube PDF
Norovirus Control – (November 2012) milTube
Respiratory Illnesses
Influenza and the DoD (September 2018)   PDF
Tuberculosis Contact Investigation Reports Module (August 2017) milTube PPTX
Tuberculosis Control and Investigation – (March 2017) milTube PPT
Tuberculosis Control Principles -- (August 2014) milTube PDF
Influenza (September 2017) milTube PDF
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Using the STI Module in DRSi (January 2015)   PDF
HIV-STI Prevention: Sexual Partner Services – (October 2013)   PDF
Vector-borne Illnesses
Aedes Mosquito (May 2017) milTube PPTX
Zika Field Investigation (February 2017) milTube PDF
Chagas Disease (January 2016) milTube PDF
Malaria- (July 2015) milTube PDF
Chikungunya – (June 2015) milTube PDF
Chikungunya Surveillance: Using Vector Management Programs – (July 2014)   PDF
Outbreak Investigation and Reporting
Outbreak Investigation (January 2018)   milTube PDF
Pneumonia Outbreak (August 2016)   milTube PDF
Outbreak Reporting – (June 2016) milTube PDF
West Africa Ebola: Tracking the Outbreak (October 2014)  milTube PDF
Outbreak Case Report: Pertussis – (February 2014)   PDF
Health Surveillance Explorer (February 2019) milTube PDF
Child Blood Lead Program   PDF
Heat Injury Surveillance and Reporting (April 2018) milTube PDF
Lab Tests- Education and Interpretation (March 2018) milTube PPTX
HIPAA & Medical-Legal Aspects of Public Health Practice (August 2015) milTube PDF
Risk Communication (April 2015)   PDF
Writing a local instruction/SOP for surveillance (January 2019) milTube PDF


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