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Systematizing the One Health Approach in Preparedness and Response Efforts for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

February 23, 2021 - February 25, 2021

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A virtual meeting hosted by the National Academies on February 23-25, 2021 will examine ways to systemize and integrate the One Health approach as part of outbreak prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts.

The workshop will explore research opportunities, multi-sectoral collaboration mechanisms, community engagement strategies, educational opportunities, and policies that can effectively implement the core capacities and interventions of One Health principles to strengthen national health systems and enhance global health security.

Session 1 will take place Tuesday, 23 February 2021 from 10:00am – 1:00pm EST. The first day will focus on the past – what One Health has accomplished thusfar, and taking a look at the current state of affairs around the world. The “response” facet of outbreak preparedness will be highlighted.

Session 2 will take place Wednesday, 24 February 2021 from 10:00 – 1:00pm EST. The second day will focus on the present – what critical changes need to be made right now to incorporate One Health into national and global health systems? The “surveillance and detection” facet of outbreak preparedness will be highlighted.

Session 3 will take place Thursday, 25 February 2021 from 10:00am – 1:00pm EST. The third and final day will focus on the future – what capacities do we need to build down the line to ensure global health security? What lessons have we learned that can help pinpoint priority actions for incorporating One Health into national healthcare systems? The “forecasting and predicting” facet of outbreak preparedness will be highlighted. The third day will also include breakout room discussions recapping topical throughlines from throughout the 3-day workshop.

Specifically, the workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions on the following:

  • 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 current in effect:
  • Integration of animal and human health surveillance systems for cross-reporting to better understand pathogens in animals before (or after) spill-over to humans;
  • Feasibility of introducing and integrating One Health into existing coordination mechanisms, and into national action plans based on the Joint External Evaluation;
  • Strengthening the global health workforce with One Health capacities;
  • Policies that underscore the interconnectedness of animal, 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; and
  • 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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February 23, 2021
February 25, 2021
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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