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The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, directed by Dr. Rebecca Katz, was formally established in September 2016. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team develops evidence for action, providing decision makers with the tools they need for sustainable capacity building to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies. The team incorporates expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, virology, animal and human health systems, demography, economics, finance, statistics, and law.

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We are actively contributing to efforts to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For more on these efforts please visit our COVID-19 website.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruptions to cities and local communities in the US and around the world. Successful suppression of COVID-19 in the United States will require urgent and decisive action by state, local and community leaders across the country. In collaboration with colleagues at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Center for Global Development, and Talus Analytics, we are launching the COVID-19 Frontline Guide. This resource is intended to provide leaders and public officials with a web-based decision support tool and progress indicators to assist in informed decision-making on how to combat COVID-19 in their jurisdictions. This guide provides a framework to help local leaders establish strategies to fight the outbreak, both by reducing transmission of the disease and by supporting their communities effectively. 

Access the Guide here:

Dr. Alexandra Phelan recently published an editorial in the British Medical Journal on how COVID-19 control measures must be equitable and inclusive.

Read the editorial here: Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive

In collaboration with colleagues from New York Cities H+H, Matt Boyce and Dr. Rebecca Katz published a piece in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness summarizing the lessons learned from an executive-level pandemic response workshop.

Read the commentary here: Ready or Not, Patients Will Present: Improving Urban Pandemic Preparedness.

Dr. Alexandra Phelan has been appointed as a member of the National Academies Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Threats in Response to the Spread of Coronavirus.

Considering the multitude of complex dynamics inherent to their transmission, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are ideally suited for consideration within a One Health approach. Dr. Claire Standley will serve as a guest editor of a Special Issue in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease that will explore the process by which the One Health concept is being applied to NTD control around the world, with an emphasis on multisectoral and integrated approaches at the regional, national, and/or subnational levels. The deadline for manuscript submission is 30 June 2020.

Please see the article solicitation for more information

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