Research Projects

Effective Collaboration to Planning and Responding to Communicable Disease Threats In Reserve

Identify practices that airports and their public health partners have successfully used to prevent and mitigate the transmission of communicable diseases.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The Insight Event Planning Committee (11-08/(16-03) is submitting this problem statement.

An Insight Event, The Airports Role in Reducing the Transmission of Communicable Diseases, was held on March 6th and 7th, 2018 that included members of the airport community in emergency management, EMS, ARFF personnel, and the public health community representing federal, state and local officials. The objective of the Insight Event was to 1) foster collaboration amongst the two communities, and other stakeholders, to achieve better outcomes, and 2) identify further research.

The event highlighted collaboration that has taken place between public health and airport staff in planning and responding to threats or actual events concerning communicable diseases. This drove the point that collaboration, knowing your stakeholder partners in the other communities, and their skills and capacity, and planning with each other, is essential to prevent, detect, and respond to threats of communicable diseases. By engaging in planning activities, having correct and actual information and understanding the real risks will increase the likelihood of an appropriate and effective response by first and secondary responders.

The Insight Event concluded with a tabletop activity where the participants engaged in a discussion on the different ways in which they would collaboratively respond. This underscored the need for identifying and disseminating best practices. The participants and the planning committee acknowledged that the Insight Event provided a lot of useful information that would be informative for airports of all sizes and therefore, would like to see another workshop event in 2 years to provide updated information.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Conduct three 1-
day regional workshops to introduce the issue to regional partners and capture best practices from
airports and public health officials in those regions through interactive exercises. Compile and organize the best
practices, develop and conduct a national workshop to share and validate the findings.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$600,000. To conduct outreach to the variety of different audiences to ensure participation. One of the lessons
learned from the Insight Event is the amount of effort to reach and remind participants. The requested amount would
also allow for research team travel for four workshops, compilation of data, and development of the validation

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP Insight Event 11-08 (16-03) Airports Role in Reducing the Transmission of Communicable Diseases, March 6 & 7th 2018.
Conference Proceedings 47 Research on the Transmission of Diseases in Airports and on Aircraft, September 2009.
ACRP CD-137 The Vector-Borne Disease Airport Importation Risk Tool
ACRP Synthesis 83: Preparing Airports for Communicable Diseases on Arriving Flights

Requested Allocation (For ACRP Use Only) $600,000

Idea No. 101