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Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases (2019)

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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 3 - Looking Forward." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25367.
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13 CHAPTER 3 Looking Forward to have, or suspected of having, communicable dis- eases; to hold an event to assess the utility and fea- sibility of entry and exit screening at airports; and to conduct regional workshops to allow for greater participation from airports and other stakeholders nationwide. • Throughout the 2-day Insight Event, invited speakers and attendees identified numerous resources from government agencies, airports and the aviation sector, and other parties that present best practices on airport roles in reducing transmission of commu- nicable diseases. Having a consolidated, searchable inventory of best practices would be highly ben- eficial to those who are developing and updating CDRPs. • All attendees received a post-event evaluation survey. Of the 29 attendees who completed the survey, 93% indicated that attending the Insight Event was a valuable use of their time and 86% said they met and networked with attendees from industries other than their own. Individual attendees offered several sugges- tions for future Insight Events. These included using a webinar or other means for allowing remote participa- tion; incorporating a broader array of stakeholders in future Insight Events on this topic (e.g., airlines or pub- lic health emergency response personnel); having more opportunities for audience engagement; conducting a full table-top exercise as an optional session; and bring- ing more international perspectives into the agenda. • ACRP also encouraged attendees to use IdeaHub (accessed at to submit additional feedback and propose research topics. This web-based portal allows the airport community and other stakeholders to present ideas, view ideas and suggestions from other like-minded practitio- ners, and see which initial ideas transform into qual- ity problem statements for further research. Air travel has the potential to rapidly spread communicable diseases both domestically and worldwide but airports—in coordination with many other stakeholders—can help reduce transmis- sion through effective preparedness and response. The Insight Event identified opportunities for enhancing risk management, engaging with a broad stakeholder community, developing and implementing effective communication strategies, and ensuring airport infra- structure accommodates unique needs during disease outbreak scenarios. Although the Insight Event was not designed to iden- tify and prioritize future research topics on airport roles in reducing transmission of communicable disease, sev- eral participants offered suggestions to ACRP. The sug- gestions follow in order of presentation: • While the Insight Event focused on airport roles, many other stakeholders beyond the airport boundary are involved with minimizing the broader impacts of disease outbreaks linked to air travel. Many individual attendees thought that ACRP’s future activities on this topic would be valuable as they would facilitate greater involvement from the broader public health commu- nity, the aviation sector, selected trade associations (e.g., the Aerospace Medical Association or Airline Medical Directors Association), and other stakeholders. • By design, the Insight Event addressed airport roles in reducing transmission of communicable disease at a broad conceptual level. Within this broad topic are numerous specific issues that could be the focus of future ACRP Insight Events or research activity. Some participants suggested the following events. They were to convene a future event between PIOs from airports and public health agencies to discuss communications and messaging during disease out- break scenarios; to hold a session to review jurisdic- tional authorities for detaining passengers known

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TRB's Conference Proceedings 55: Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases summarizes a 2-day Insight Event convened by the Airport Cooperative Research Program and its Insight contractor, Eastern Research Group, Inc., March 6 and 7, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The event addressed four subtopics: risk management, stakeholders, communications, and infrastructure. Discussions centered on the roles of airports in reducing transmission of communicable diseases. Speakers represented the federal government, domestic and foreign airports, local public health agencies, an international aviation organization, and academia. The conference proceedings focused largely on strategies, best practices, and suggestions that pertain specifically to airports and transmission of communicable diseases, as identified by the invited speakers.


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