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Preparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families - Workshop Summary The workshop reviewed existing tools and frameworks that can be modified to include children’s needs; identified non-traditional child-serving partners and organizations that can be leveraged in planning to improve outcomes for children; highlighted best practices in resilience and recovery strategies for children; and raised awareness of the need to integrate children’s considerations throughout emergency plans. This document summarizes the workshop.
Engaging the Public in Critical Disaster Planning and Decision Making - Workshop Summary Building on recommendations and guidance from the 2012 IOM report, Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response, the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events sponsored an interactive workshop at the National Association of County and City Health Officials Public Health Preparedness Summit, held March 12-15, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop aimed to provide practitioners with guidance and key principles of public engagement. It examined theories and practices of public engagement, explored challenges and lessons learned, and included sample public engagement exercises. This document summarizes the workshop.
Nationwide Response Issues After an Improvised Nuclear Device Attack: Medical and Public Health Considerations for Neighboring Jurisdictions - Workshop Summary On January 23-24, 2013, in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events hosted a workshop that focused on key response requirements faced by local and regional public health and health care systems in response to an IND detonation. Topics discussed at the workshop included understanding the differences between types of radiation incidents and the implications of an IND attack on outlying communities as well as the roles of regional health care coalitions in coordination of health care response. This document summarizes the workshop.
Barriers to Integrating Crisis Standards of Care Principles into International Disaster Response Plans - Workshop Summary When a nation or region prepares for public health emergencies such as a pandemic influenza, a large-scale earthquake, or any major disaster scenario in which the health system may be destroyed or stressed to its limits, it is important to describe how standards of care would change due to shortages of critical resources. At the 17th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness sponsored a session that focused on the promise of and challenges to integrating crisis standards of care principles into international disaster response plans. (Released January 23, 2012)
Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response Disasters can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital medical services. Following its 2009 report, which defined crisis standards of care (CSC), the IOM develops important templates to guide the efforts of professionals and organizations responsible for CSC planning and implementation. The latest report provides a foundation of underlying principles, steps needed to achieve implementation, and the pillars of the emergency response system, each separate and yet together upholding the jurisdictions that have the overarching authority for ensuring that CSC planning and response occurs. (Released: March 21, 2012
Post-Incident Recovery Considerations of the Health Care Service Delivery Infrastructure - Workshop Summary As part of the critical infrastructure of any community, health systems and assets are vital not only for the safety and well-being of its citizens, but also for the economic vitality, quality of life, and livelihood of the entire community. The IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events sponsored a town hall session at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit, held February 21-24 in Anaheim, CA. The session focused on sustaining health care delivery beyond the initial response to a disaster and facilitating the full long-term recovery of the local health care delivery systems. (Released July 31, 2012)
Advancing Regulatory Science for Medical Countermeasure Development - Workshop Summary Whether or not the United States has safe and effective medical countermeasures-such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tools-available for use during a disaster can mean the difference between life and death for many Americans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the scientific community at large could benefit from improved scientific tools and analytic techniques to undertake the complex scientific evaluation and decision making needed to make essential medical countermeasures available. At the request of FDA, the IOM held a workshop to examine methods to improve the development, evaluation, approval, and regulation of medical countermeasures. (Released June 15, 2011)