Society’s ill-prepared response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread suffering and loss. Although pandemics are but one of many emerging health threats, the ongoing tragedy caused by COVID-19 is a clarion call to action for the entire world – to do all we can to prevent emerging health threats from defining our future.
Grand Challenges recognizes the inseparable connections between health and our environment. We do not exist in isolation. People are part of a larger, living ecosystem. Our activities influence the condition of our environment, and the condition of the environment directly influences health and well-being. This interconnectedness poses great risk for human and animal health but can also be harnessed to mitigate those risks.
What are emerging health threats?
Emerging health threats are urgent threats to the health and well-being of our planet. They are diseases that have newly appeared in humans, animals, plants, and insects or have existed but are rapidly increasing in number and severity.
Why are emerging health threats increasing?
Emerging health threats are increasing as a result of climate change, poverty, and limited access to nutritious food and healthcare.
How is Grand Challenges addressing emerging health threats?
We are catalyzing a new kind of collaboration among experts to work toward a safer future. We recognize the innovative power of UC Davis to understand and prepare for what lies ahead. Transdisciplinary research, education, and service are critical for identifying and mitigating emerging health threats. Building connections across disciplines is essential for developing the diversity of approaches that can prevent these threats.