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Feb 9 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites the general public and other federal agencies to comment on a proposed information collection project titled Global Public Health Data Innovation Performance Monitoring. This data collection is designed to help government decision makers gather timely, accurate, and comprehensive public health data to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. CDC must receive written comments on or before April 9, 2024.

The Global Public Health Data Innovation (GPHDI) initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aims to equip government decision makers with timely, accurate, and comprehensive public health data to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. Challenges, such as limited data access, non-standardization, workforce limitations, and gaps in data systems and governance, often hinder the optimal use of data in public health response efforts. To overcome these challenges, GPHDI focuses on strengthening global outbreak response, pandemic preparedness, and surveillance through improved data availability and utilization. This is achieved by modernizing data systems and processes at all levels.

GPHDI is made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act passed by the Congress in 2021 and is rooted in key strategic pillars within CDC, namely the Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) and the Global Digital Health Strategy (GDHS). DMI is an agency-wide initiative aimed at improving data systems infrastructure within the United States. It offers valuable insights and artifacts that can be adapted and leveraged for the global context of the GPHDI initiative. The goal of DMI is to get better, faster, actionable insights for decision making at all levels of public health. Complementing this, the GDHS incorporates inputs from a multi-partner engagement process, enhancing the strategic approach of the initiative.

GPHDI is a current three-year investment that builds on an existing foundation laid by various country governments, donor agencies, and multilateral organizations. This investment is specifically allocated to advance the initiative in 10 selected countries, including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia in Africa; Colombia and Paraguay in the South American Region; Georgia and Ukraine in Eastern Europe; Thailand in the Central Asia Region; and Honduras in the Central American Region. This data collection is aimed at monitoring and assessing the contributions of current GPHDI investments in data modernization and digital public health infrastructure towards improving data availability to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats in the selected countries.

The indicators to be collected include both structured response-type questions (Yes-No answers, coded answers) and narrative response-type questions. CDC contractors, RTI International (RTI) will conduct the interviews and CDC funded implementing partners (IPs) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) point of contacts will provide responses to the indicators based on their funded activities. RTI will document the responses from the interviews using CDC RedCap. Interviews will be conducted in a live one-on-one session between RTI and identified M&E point of contacts at the funded IPs. No patient-level or individual level or identifiable data will be collected for this project.

GPHDI: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/topics/gphdi/global-public-health-data.html
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/ed8dpujfco1fyqw7bftoi/h?rlkey=9ryir9s72l6wfsrgqbmxsl2zi&dl=0
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2024-02683

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