NASEM Webinar: Transportation and COVID-19: Practices from Other Disease Outbreaks

Monday, March 23, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board, will hold a webinar titled "Transportation and COVID-19: Practices from Other Disease Outbreaks." The webinar will investigate how the transportation industry can deal with and manage the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Addressing decision-making challenges in disease response in the transportation context is a multi-dimensional task, involving not only transportation and transit organizations, but health organizations, emergency management agencies, and communications outlets as well. Presenters will discuss their experience with other outbreaks such as H1N1 (2009 – a.k.a. “swine flu”) and Avian Influenza. They will identify challenges COVID-19 has presented in their transportation systems and what their agencies are doing to adapt and mitigate risks for those at greatest risk of contracting the illness. Presenters will also discuss what can be done today to enhance the resiliency of our transportation systems at risk of future similar disease outbreaks.

Agenda items include:

  1. What we know about how transportation agencies have responded to past communicable outbreaks
  2. How should this outbreak be handled by transportation agencies and coordinated between various levels of government and the private sector?
  3. Next steps for transportation and public health agencies
  4. Question and answer session

Presenters include:

  • Vicki Hertzberg: Director, Center for Nursing Data Science, Emory University — Expert in social contact networks, infectious diseases on networks, microbiome of the airplane cabin, and microbiome of the built environment
  • John Himmel: Safety and Emergency Operations Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation — Expert in natural disaster mitigation, emergency communications, and detour planning
  • Kim Fletcher: President, Loch Haven Partners — Expert in emergency management, trainer for emergency managers and field operations leaders, and lead author of NCHRP Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response

Members of the public may attend the webinar with advance registration. More information is available at this NASEM website.