Archived Webinar: Preparing for Emergencies

On October 21st, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation convened panelists to examine how preparedness officials and others can use the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) to improve our ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that pose threats to population health—such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and infectious diseases. This interactive, online discussion provided opportunities for participants to share ideas for how the Index can be used and how we can continue to collaborate to close gaps in preparedness.

The Index is an annual assessment of health security and preparedness that measures how well the nation and individual states are prepared for minimizing the population health consequences arising from large-scale emergencies. The 2016 Index was released in April of this year.

Speakers included:

Stephen Redd, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Nicole Lurie, MD
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Washington State—Secretary of Health

Glen Mays, PhD, MPH
University of Kentucky College of Public Health—Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research
Director, NHSPI Program Management Office, University of Kentucky

Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer

Thomas Inglesby, MD (moderator; Chair of NHSPI National Advisory Committee)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center—Director, Center for Health Security


Continue to follow the conversation on Twitter at @NHSPIndex.