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Center for Health Security at the first international conference on global health security in Sydney, Australia

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June 11, 2019 – Experts from the Center for Health Security are honored to participated in and present at the upcoming Global Health Security 2019 conference in Sydney, Australia, June 18-20. The conference will bring together, for the first time via an international platform, stakeholders working in global health security to measure progress, determine gaps, and identify new opportunities to enhance national, regional, and global health security. The Center will be sharing new research that contributes to important global health security solutions.

Diane Meyer, RN, MPH, Managing Senior Analyst, will present results at the following events:

Poster Presentation: Outbreak Observatory
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Exhibition Gallery

Outbreak Observatory aims to increase the conduct of operational research through on-the-ground observations and analyses of infectious disease outbreaks. These observations and analyses are conducted in collaboration with local responders and shared via peer-reviewed publications with the broader public health community to improve preparedness for future outbreaks.

Oral Presentation: A Checklist to Improve Health System Resilience to Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Natural Hazards
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Room E3.6

The presentation will provide an overview of the Checklist and how it aims to define the capacities needed by health systems to mount an effective response to an outbreak or natural hazard.

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, Senior Scholar, will present results at these events:

Side-Event, hosted by WHO: Scaling up Country Health Emergency Preparedness
Panel Session: Managing High Threat Pathogens at the Health Security Interface
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The presentation will share findings from the recent report, "Risk Communication Strategies for the Very Worst of Cases,” which recommended approaches for raising awareness and motivating action regarding global catastrophic biological risks such as a severe pandemic.

Oral Presentation: Epidemic Recovery: A Neglected Aspect of Global Health Security
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Room E3.6

The presentation will focus on three critical points:

  1. Epidemic recovery is a neglected aspect of global health security that calls for more deliberate analysis, planning, and action at a level commensurate with its importance to affected individuals and communities.
  2. Recovery research and practice – in connection with natural hazards and disasters –constitute a more mature field whose learnings can help “jumpstart” the development of a research and policy framework for epidemic recovery.
  3. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security plans an initiative to codify and communicate strategic and operational insights into epidemic recovery as gleaned from the survivors, health organizations, and communities recuperating from recent large-scale outbreaks.

Throughout the week, Dr. Schoch-Spana, Ms. Meyer and their colleagues, Sanjana Ravi, MPH, Senior Analyst, and Lucia Mullen, MPH, Analyst, will participate in conference events to share valuable lessons learned from the Center for Health Security.


About the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges. The Center advances policies, practice, and tools to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and the potential for biological, chemical, or nuclear accidents or intentional threats. The Center for Health Security is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is located in Baltimore, MD.