Free Workshop Explores One Health Approach to Outbreak Prevention

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a free, virtual workshop exploring a One Health approach to outbreak prevention, detection, preparedness, and response.

The workshop, Systematizing the One Health Approach in Preparedness and Response Efforts for Infectious Disease Outbreaks, will take place February 23-25, 2021, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EST each day. Topics will include:

  • Strategies to systematize One Health in national prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts.
  • A review of One Health programs integrated into national and global public health efforts to learn what programs are currently in effect.
  • Integration of animal and human health surveillance systems for cross-reporting to better understand pathogens transmitted between animals and people.
  • Feasibility of introducing and integrating One Health into existing coordination mechanisms, and into national action plans for health security based on the Joint External Evaluation.
  • Strengthening the global health workforce with One Health capacities.
  • Policies that underscore the interconnectedness of animal, plant, human, and environmental health.
  • Implications of using a One Health approach to improve preparedness vs. a reactionary response that is required to create medical countermeasures after outbreak onset.
  • Promising practices for engaging with communities and influencing behaviors that lower the risk of infectious disease infection through the One Health approach.
  • The tension between public health needs, the private sector and data sharing within the One Health context in preparedness and response efforts.
  • Potential priority actions to unite organizations – public and private, domestic and international – in efforts to overcome newly discovered hurdles based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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