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Respond is a cooperative agreement funded by USAID as part of the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. The objective of RESPOND is to improve the capacity to respond to zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases around the world. RESPOND uses a One Health approach and involves multi disciplinary teams from the University of Minnesota and partner organizations.


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RESPOND team coordinates One Health University Network faculty exchange

The RESPOND team successfully planned and implemented its third annual One Health University Network faculty exchange in May and June. Under the leadership of Drs. John Deen and Katey Pelican, together with Drs. Mac Farnham, Karin Hamilton, Michael Mahero, Serge Nietzchueng, Innocent Rwego, Dominic Travis, and the newest addition, Dr. Jeein Chung, the University of Minnesota team hosted 17 faculty members from 10 countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The visiting faculty members, who represented the fields of veterinary medicine, medicine, public health, and nursing associated with the One Health University Networks in Central and East Africa (OHCEA) and Southeast Asia (SEAOHUN), participated in intensive training on a variety of teaching platforms involving active learning, case-based teaching, and field-based exercises for implementing One Health approaches in the regions. Logistical support was provided by U of M staff members Chris Dillon and Jane Pederson and students Megan Peck and Amy Pekol. 

Highlights included:

  • Participating in a One Health case-based teaching and case development workshop, where interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teams developed four One Health disease outbreak cases.
  • Teaching four One Health disease outbreak cases at the Public Health Institute course International Approaches to Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks.
  • Visiting state government agencies to participate in an Outbreak to Control mini-course on foodborne illness outbreak response in the state.
  • Participating in Public Health Institute field courses on aquaculture and processed foods.
  • Visiting and learning about the Minnesota Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Natural Resources; Minnesota Board of Animal Health; Minnesota Zoo; Mayo Clinic; New Sweden Dairy Education Center; and Minneapolis Farmers Market.
  • Participating as "visiting important officials" in a human disaster camp simulation held through the Global Health Tropical and Travel Medicine Certificate Course run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of Minnesota Medical School.

In cooperation with the EcoHealth Alliance, the team also helped host the annual training workshop for the National Science Foundation-funded research network, EcoHealthNet.

Update: May/June 2013

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