25 January 2013

Upcoming CSTE Webinar - IHR in the U.S. - 2/5/13

CSTE Webinar: The International Health Regulations

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

CSTE will be holding a webinar on the International Health Regulations (IHR) on Tuesday, February 5, at 2 pm ET in follow-up to a 2012 assessment on state experiences with the IHR. This webinar is intended to raise awareness about the purpose and functions of the IHR in the U.S. and will focus on the assessment and reporting of potential Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC). Presenters will summarize key findings from the assessment on state awareness and implementation of the IHR, provide an overview of the IHR, and describe a specific event that was notified to WHO as a potential PHEIC.

Dr. Stephen Ostroff, MD
Formerly of Pennsylvania Department of Health

Katrin S. Kohl, MD, PhD, MPH/DTM
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

Aaron T. Fleischauer, PhD, MSPH
CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer, North Carolina Division of Public Health

To participate in this webinar, you must REGISTER HERE by Monday, February 4.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. Please check the WebEx system requirements before the webinar and contact WebEx Support for technical troubleshooting.

Background on IHR:
The International Health Regulations (IHR) are a binding agreement accepted by all Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO), including the U.S. The IHR are intended to enable early detection and rapid notification of potential Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHEIC) to allow for a globally-harmonized response to minimize the spread of disease across international borders. Obligations for IHR implementation lie with the federal government. In the U.S., the reliance of the federal government on state and local public health jurisdictions for the implementation of public health programs and surveillance was acknowledged in a reservation to the IHR. Oversight of the U.S. government-wide implementation of the IHR lies with the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designed a process of assessing health events in the U.S. for potential reporting to WHO under the IHR. Information about events is primarily in the hands of local and state public health partners.

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