Public Health


State encourages cooperative effort to combat Zika



State encourages cooperative effort to combat Zika
The State Department has announced that they will host a series of working discussions to encourage private-public partnerships to combat the Zika virus on July 13. The event will bring together over 100 participants from the government and the private sector, and will be lead by senior representatives from the… Read More

Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine



Agencies collaborate on Zika vaccine
Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are making progress on a Zika virus vaccine, and plan to start human testing later this year. Efforts to produce the vaccine and prepare for the spread of the virus have included components of the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease… Read More

DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat



DoD, HHS, others respond to Zika threat
This week Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), affirmed Southcom’s role in the “whole-of-hemisphere” approach to combating the Zika virus. Tidd spoke at a Council of the Americas forum on March 22, where he discussed the part Southcom and other U.S. agencies play in the… Read More

VA, DoD collaboration provides care for service members, veterans



VA, DoD collaboration provides care for service members, veterans
On February 25, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) announced their ongoing effort to ease the transition from the DoD system to the VA for service members in need or complex care management. The interagency effort is meant to ease the burden for service members and veterans… Read More

House to host hearing on Zika response



House to host hearing on Zika response
On February 24 the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will host a hearing on the coordination of a multi-agency response to the Zika virus. The hearing will examine the coordinated federal response to the spread of the Zika virus both within the U.S. and internationally. It… Read More

DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research



DoD to support HHS in Zika virus research
On January 27, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they have been asked to support the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in their efforts related to the Zika virus. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that the DoD experts have been asked to help gather other experts… Read More

Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials



Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a notice regarding the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NRC and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. The interagency agreement defines the agencies’ efforts and responsibilities in the safe transportation of radioactive materials. The notice was published… Read More

Partnerships essential to bio threat prevention



Partnerships essential to bio threat prevention

Greg Delawie, State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, recently spoke about the need for partnerships in addressing biological threats and biodefense, including biological weapons and infectious disease...

USAID details multi-agency efforts against gender-based violence



USAID details multi-agency efforts against gender-based violence

In August, the U.S. Agency for International Development released its strategy to establish a government-wide approach that identifies, coordinates, integrates, and leverages current efforts and resources in preventing and responding to gender-based violence around the world...