Cost of the Program

The cost to develop the Project SHARE system was $107,754. This figure includes costs for web customization and

figure 24.3 Project SHARE report on school absenteeism and symptoms.

development, systems resources, a test environment and system training, and one year of software maintenance and support. In addition, the county contracted with the Office of Education to liaison with the school districts in the selection, recruitment, and formalization of participating school sites. The Office of Education also facilitated the pilot year project evaluation and conducted two regional meetings for SHARE users. The contract cost was $25,000 for the pilot year and $15,000 for the second project year.

A combination of public health and education staff maintain the system on an as-needed basis. Staff responsibilities include responding to school nurse inquiries, supporting systems, managing user accounts, and analyzing data for syndromic surveillance purposes. Costs to support the system on an annual basis are about $75,000 a year.

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