NATO Summit 2014: Public health planning and response
Planning for a period of two weeks (week before and week after the summit), Public Health Wales worked with local health service providers to:
- Provide enhanced infectious disease and health surveillance.
- Review, exercise and put in place outbreak and major incident response capability.
- Devise a model of care for managing health needs of VIPs and other delegates attending or involved with the conference, as well police and protestors.
- Assess and make plans for the impact on local health service delivery and ensure continuity of usual service provision.
Planning for the event lasted seven months and the operational phase lasted three weeks. The Summit was a public relations triumph for Wales. The public health legacy has been comprehensive updating and testing of all of our emergency plans, strengthened working relationships with Government and enhancement of our reputational standing in health protection.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Explain the public health planning necessary for an international governmental conference. Describe the challenges and opportunities in emergency planning for such a conference. Identify specific issues for public health organisations involved in planning for high profile international events.
Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Leadership
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Executive Director of Public Health Services at Public Health Wales I am responsible for public health emergency planning in Wales.
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.