Water Surveillance: Iowa Cross-Sector Training for Wastewater and Health
Join us for a virtual training to promote cross-sector awareness and partnerships to improve application of wastewater-based surveillance!
As we have seen from the COVID pandemic, response to an emerging disease requires coordination across different sectors at the federal, state, and local levels. These sectors include public health, healthcare, and emergency services, but also water and wastewater systems—which have played a unique health-related role during the pandemic by leading wastewater-based surveillance efforts to track SARS-CoV-2. Because emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats are a feature of human life, it is important to understand the interdependency of these sectors so that we can build sustained, resilient, cross-sector partnerships to efficiently respond to, or even prevent, future outbreaks.
The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of the interdependencies between water and wastewater, public health, healthcare, and emergency services sectors. While there are many such cross-sector interdependencies, wastewater surveillance is an excellent example of how the different sectors can work together toward a common goal. This training, which is part of a series of workshops being hosted by different wastewater utilities around the country, aims to build partnerships across sectors to improve understanding and application of wastewater-based surveillance. Therefore, members from water/wastewater, public health, healthcare, and emergency services organizations from the entire state of Iowa are encouraged to attend.