Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness: International Emergencies and Domestic Implications - Panel Session at the 2015 Preparedness Summit

When: April 15, 2015 (1:30 PM Eastern)
Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis • 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Meeting Background:

The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa was the largest to date, affected multiple countries simultaneously and has resulted in thousands of deaths. Emerging infectious disease events present a threat to national security, and improved efforts to coordinate the response both domestically and with international partners are required. SARS, MERS and the threat of pandemic influenza are additional examples of why a global health security agenda is required. Since multiple federal agencies are often involved in mobilizing to protect a nation’s health security, it is important to consider interagency and international coordination across emergency response sectors and at all levels of government. From an international perspective, support of the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR), including encouragement of compliance with reporting, is a fundamental requirement. From the domestic (U.S.) perspective, the implementation of effective surveillance and detection methods is critical, and will require robust information sharing both amongst stakeholders and with the general public to in order to allay fears, limit the spread of  misinformation, and to address the actual emergency or urgent issue at hand. Ebola, dengue, Chikungunya, and even measles are but the latest examples of the fact that ultimately, the distinction between global and domestic becomes meaningless. This workshop will begin to explore some of these questions and issues through historical case studies, and discuss how they may illuminate some gaps in IHR implementation.

Meeting Objectives:

  • Engage with national stakeholders on international and Federal guidance and policy issues that will impact state and local preparedness.
  • Discuss how health-related incidents outside of the continental U.S. can impact state and local health and how strong coordination can impact a response.
  • Understand the Global Health Security agenda, and how it is intended to address some of the gaps and shortcomings existing in current policies, efforts and recent experience.

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