Understanding the Health System Impact of the Spillover Effect After a Major Disaster
Hospital preparedness efforts traditionally have focused on pre-disaster planning to train critical staff and the implement emergency protocols within a single health care facility. The recent increased of memorandums of understanding between like-type facilities (i.e. hospital to hospital) to accommodate for surge capacity has allowed for a preparedness to be extended along the health system. This study was conducted in order to examine the role of partnerships between non-like facilities in the health system to improve accomodate for the spillover effect -- patients from evacuated hospitals, new patients with disaster related injuries, routine patients from the local catchment zone during Hurricane Sandy on two NYC metropolitan area local health departments.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Define the progression of stakeholder organizations which play a role at various stages of the disaster response. Describe existing systems to account for the human resources and material resources which may need to be redistributed during a disaster. Evaluate barriers to collaboration between stakeholders Design areas for collaboration between stakeholders to avoid the spillover affect according to the audience's own purview.
Keyword(s): Disasters, System Involvement
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the lead analyst on a number of projects sponsored by federally funded grants and non-profit agencies aimed at improving health systems efficiency in international settings. As a postdoctoral research scientist at NCDP, I am involved with a CDC-sponsored grant focused on evaluating the Health Systems Response in the NYC metro area following the Hurricane Sandy disaster. My scientific interests have been informed by my clinical experiences as a physician in county hospitals.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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