On this webpage you will find a compilation of example practices, tools and resources that other jurisdictions have used in their virologic surveillance activities and Right Size Roadmap implementation. Also included are a few valuable resources from APHL and other organizations. These are intended only to provide examples and not all practices listed here will be applicable to every jurisdiction. Jurisdictions should choose examples that best fit their needs and tailor as needed.

Practices listed on this page are developed and reviewed by APHL members and peers in the public health field. These practices and resources are not endorsed by APHL, CDC and the Right Size Working Group, and as such, application of these example practices is not required for federal funding.

How to Get Started with the Right Size Roadmap

How to Use the Roadmap
Right Size Roadmap Implementation Checklists (PDF Version)
Right Size Roadmap Implementation Checklists (Excel Version) (must have website login credentials, or contact stephanie.chester@aphl.org)

Sampling

+ Louisiana – Specimen Submitter Recruitment Tools

Example Recruitment Strategies and Template Letter and Handbooks for Specimen Submitters.

+ Indiana – Specimen and Data Submitter Feedback

Example report cards and feedback mechanisms for custom communication with specimen and/or data providers to encourage participation and clearly set expectations.

+ Illinois – Specimen and Data Submitter Feedback

Example report cards and feedback mechanisms for custom communication with specimen and/or data providers to encourage participation and clearly set expectations. This is a simplified version of the Indiana example above.

+ New Jersey – Specimen Collection Educational Tools

Example Specimen Collection Instructions and Poster

+ The Joint Commission – Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)

Educational tools to share with providers to improve specimen collection quality and rapid influenza testing in ambulatory settings.

Data Management (Including Alternative Data)

+ Iowa - Using Surveymonkey.com to collect alternative influenza testing data

Example alternative data collection tool along with a brief description of how Iowa uses this tool and an example surveillance report showing how alternative data is incorporated.

+ Minnesota – Surveying providers to collect alternative influenza testing data

Example alternative influenza virologic data collection tool along with a brief description of how Minnesota uses this tool.

Partnerships & Communication

+ Wisconsin - Developing Clinical Laboratory Networks

Videos and a guide to developing laboratory networks.

Financial Resources

+APHL – Influenza Surveillance Fact Sheet

A template for creating a fact sheet for your own jurisdiction to share with policy makers and other audiences explaining the value and role of your influenza surveillance system.

+ Utah – Cost Accounting Tools

Two example cost accounting tools—one more simple and one more comprehensive.

Contact  Contact

APHL Respiratory Diseases Program
fluquestions@aphl.org

​Submit a practice, resource or tool ​

Please send suggested practices, resources, templates and other tools to Stephanie.chester@aphl.org.

Right Size Discussion Forum

APHL maintains a Right Size listserv discussion forum to further facilitate sharing of questions, concerns, strategies and practices. To subscribe, please contact Stephanie.chester@aphl.org.