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. 1. Register for the Epi-Tech Surveillance Training for FY20 on the Army CME website (you only need to register once between October 2019 to September 2020).
  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 2020, not after each training session).
  5. To claim your credits for FY19 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 features of the Health Surveillance Explorer. Understand the main functions that can be used at the local level to support routine surveillance efforts. 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: Measles: Current Situation and Public Health Response Provide overview of measles and the current national situation. Discuss appropriate laboratory testing methods and timeframes for disease confirmation. Provide guidance on contact tracing and public health investigations.
30 July: Streptococcus Describe three elements of a trainee streptococcal infection prevention and control program. List some key elements of a strong streptococcal infection surveillance strategy. What are some factors to consider when informing local chemoprophylaxis practices?
27 Aug: Risk Communication Recognize five ways to fail at risk communication. Recognize five ways to succeed at risk communication. Explain how people reespond differntly to crises.
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: Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use and/or Vaping: current status and DoD response Describe the current epidemiology of the outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes and/or vaping in the United States Explain the current DoD policies in regard to reporting and responding to cases Provide information on proper interviewing tactics of suspected cases

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)
milTube »
Navigating DRSi (October 2015)
milTube »
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
GI Illnesses/Norovirus (April 2019) milTube » PDF »
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
Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarettes (October 2019) milTube » PPTX »
Influenza in the DoD (September 2019) PDF »
Streptococcal Infection Prevention and Control (July 2019) milTube » PDF »
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)
Prevention Services for the STI Patient (May 2019) milTube » PDF »
Using the STI Module in DRSi (January 2015)   PDF »
HIV-STI Prevention: Sexual Partner Services – (October 2013)   PDF »
Vector-borne Illnesses
Measles: Current Situation and Public Health Response (June 2019) milTube » PDF »
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 »
Risk Communication (August 2019)   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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