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Kentucky & Tennessee Cross-Sector Training for Wastewater and Health

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Join us for a virtual training designed to promote cross-sector awareness and understanding of the National Wastewater Surveillance System!

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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 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 the water and wastewater, public health, healthcare, and emergency services sectors. While there are many such cross-sector interdependencies, wastewater-based surveillance is an excellent example of how the different sectors can work together toward a common goal. This training aims to build partnerships across sectors to improve understanding and application of wastewater surveillance. Therefore, members of water/wastewater, public health, healthcare, and emergency services organizations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee are encouraged to attend. Whether you have been participating in wastewater surveillance or not, please come to learn and share your experiences!

Topics covered will include:

  • A brief overview of the role and scope of the water and wastewater, health care and public health, and emergency services sectors and how they are interdependent on each other.
  • Detailed information on the status of the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS), including the goals and structure of the system, how the system is funded, how wastewater utilities and public health entities can get involved, and case studies on how the wastewater data are being used to inform public health actions.

This virtual event is being hosted by Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky and Tennessee. It is a condensed version of a longer, free training available in WEF’s Learning Center.

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