Outbreak Observatory: Conducting operational research during outbreaks to improve preparedness and response

Presented June 27, 2018.

During this presentation, researchers discussed how Outbreak Observatory, a pilot project initiated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, facilitated the conduct of real-time operational research during outbreak responses, helping to improve outbreak preparedness and response capabilities.

Presenters

Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, Senior Scholar 
Matthew Shearer, MPH, Research Associate 
Diane Meyer, RN, MPH, Research Associate 

June 27, 2018

Executing a One Health approach during a zoonotic outbreak response

The One Health paradigm emphasizes cooperation and interdisciplinary collaboration to promote health and well-being among people, animals and the environment. Though the concept of One Health has been around since the 1800’s, the phrase “One Health” was more recently coined, and projects are being developed globally under its sponsorship. Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has been working at a local level to enhance its One Health surveillance efforts and partnerships.

January 19, 2018

Conducting operational research during outbreaks to improve preparedness and response

Each significant outbreak and epidemic raises questions that must be answered in order to better inform future preparedness and response efforts, such as:

January 25, 2018

Status of Legislation and Factors affecting Disease Surveillance in Nigeria: A qualitative inquiry

The outbreak of infectious diseases with a propensity to spread across international boundaries is on an upward rise. Such outbreaks can be devastating with significant associated morbidity and mortality. The recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa which spread to Nigeria is an example. Nigeria like several other African countries implements the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system as its method for achieving the International Health Regulations (IHR). Yet, compliance to the IDSR is questioned.

January 25, 2018

Georgia… “We have a problem”… The Anatomy of an Opioid Outbreak

Presented December 14, 2017 for the Poison Center and Public Health Collaboration Community of Practice.

Presenters

Gaylord Lopez, PharmD, DABAT, Director – Georgia Poison Center

Stephanie Hon, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Director – Georgia Poison Center

Laura Edison, DVM, MPH, Epidemiology Field Officer – Geogria Department of Health

Nelly Miles, BA, Director – Georgia Bureau of Investigation Office of Public Affairs

June 07, 2018

Evaluating a Social Network Analytic Tool to Support Outbreak Management and Contact Tracing in an Outbreak of Pertussis

Pertussis (i.e., whooping cough) is on the rise in the US. To implement effective prevention and treatment strategies, it is critical to conduct timely contact tracing and evaluate people who may have come into contact with an infected person. We describe a collaborative effort between epidemiologists and public health informaticists at the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to determine the feasibility and value of a network-analytic approach to pertussis outbreak management and contact tracing.

Objective: 

March 19, 2018

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