Public, Academic, and Community Collaboration
In April, 2014 NIEHS conducted a large-scale human health research disaster response exercise involving federal, state, academic, and community collaboration. This exercise focused on a fictional scenario, developed by USGS, in which an earthquake in Alaska has caused a tsunami to hit California. Participants were assigned to roles to assess the types of coordinated research actions that could be required to meet the needs of the first responders, decision makers, and community residents. The exercise was designed to initiate discussions on how academic researchers and community engagement teams can promptly participate in safe, timely, and integrated (local, state, and federal emergency response plans) research activities in the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, the exercise was also designed to pilot a concept of operations (CONOPS) for implementation of a research response during a disaster, as well as new data collection tools and training materials being developed by NIH to support “research responders.” This presentation will highlight this novel training exercise and the lessons learned for future planning.
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Describe a national framework of disaster response that is sustainable, timely, coordinated, and community-based. Explain and discuss with the science community with an interest in disaster research, a national disaster research framework, much like the national frameworks that guide response and recovery, needs to be developed, so that a systematic approach for addressing disaster research priorities is available for use by local, state, tribal, and territorial institutions, no matter how large the scope of the event.
Keyword(s): Disasters, Public Health Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Joseph ‘Chip’ Hughes is currently the director of an innovative federal safety and health training program based at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The program supports cooperative agreements to develop and deliver model safety and health training programs for workers involved in hazardous substances response with numerous universities, unions, community colleges and other non-profit organizations throughout the nation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.