Looking back at 2016, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) accomplished many things in its mission to protect and enhance the health of the United States swine herd. In the full 2016 Progress Report, SHIC offers details of how it enhanced and coordinated global disease monitoring, targeted research investments and improved analysis and communication of swine health data, and how it made a difference in our country‘s ability to prepare for and mitigate disease threats.
Four Keys to SHIC‘s Mission Since its inception in 2015, SHIC‘s ability to fulfill its mission relies on its ability to focus on and successfully execute in four primary areas. These are preparedness, response, monitoring and analysis. These are areas that SHIC can complement, but not duplicate, the roles already played by USDA, the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, land-grant universities and related organizations. Collaboration and integration between all of these groups will continue to be critical for SHIC‘s overall success.
Summary points of specific achievements in 2016 under each of the four main areas of SHIC‘s activities include the following:
Looking Ahead SHIC cannot prevent diseases from getting into the country and it is not, itself, a response plan. However, it is a tool to help the pork industry respond more quickly and efficiently to swine diseases. It will research the biggest existing threats to swine health that are already in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, so that the U.S. will be better prepared to respond to these diseases through better diagnostics and information. It also can give the industry a way to manage national swine health information to support international trade of U.S. pork products an important aspect, especially during times of large domestic pork supplies.
The mission of the Swine Health Information Center is to protect and enhance the health of the United States swine herd through coordinated global disease monitoring, targeted research investments that minimize the impact of future disease threats, and analysis of swine health data. For more information, visit https://www.swinehealth.org or contact Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected].
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