Workshop Statement of Task
A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize a workshop to examine ways to systemize and integrate the One Health approach as part of outbreak prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts. The in-person 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.
Specifically, the workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions on the following topics:
- Strategies to build a strong investment case to overcome political and technical impasses to systematize One Health in national prevention, detection, preparedness, and response efforts;
- Evaluation of One Health programs integrated into national and global public health efforts;
- 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 versus a reactionary response that is required to create medical countermeasures after outbreak onset;
- Best 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.
Speakers and discussants will contribute perspectives from government, academia, private, and nonprofit sectors. The planning committee will organize the workshop, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.