H. R. 3771, Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019.

Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, in coordination with other specified agencies and departments, to develop, publish, and submit to Congress a national One Health Framework for coordinated federal activities under the One Health Program, which encourages collaborative efforts to help better prevent, prepare for, and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks.

The framework must (1) describe existing efforts and contain recommendations for building upon and complementing the activities of federal entities; and (2) establish specified goals, including advancing the scientific understanding of the connections among human, animal, and environmental health. (Cosponsors)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 05/13/20.

STATUS: Introduced 07/16/19 by Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “As veterinarians, we are uniquely able to recognize the connections between animal and human health, “said Rep. Kurt Schrader, one of three veterinarians currently serving in the United States Congress. “Diseases like rabies, salmonella, West Nile Virus, and avian flu are all examples of diseases that are seen in animals before humans and can be fatal in both. Improving coordination and communication between veterinarians who work with animals every day and federal agencies who can respond to health outbreaks would no doubt have lifesaving consequences.” (Source: Rep. Schrader, Press Release, 07/16/19)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: 

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

Link to bill information on GovTrack.

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