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Health Sector Resilience Checklist for Highly Infectious Diseases

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed an evidence-informed checklist that outlines action steps for medical and public health officials to assess and strengthen the resilience of their community’s health sector to high-consequence infectious disease (HCID) events.

The checklist bridges a planning gap in building resilience to HCID events by offering comprehensive guidance on recommended improvements to the interconnected preparedness and response capabilities of the public, private, and community organizations that comprise local health sectors. Other HCID resilience efforts currently underway focus exclusively on specific aspects of HCID preparedness and response, like clinical treatment guidelines or biocontainment units, rather than the broad range of entities and operations that comprise the health sector response.

Project team lead: Eric Toner, MD;

Project team: Tara Kirk Sell, PhD; Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD; Matthew Shearer, MPH; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; former Research Assistant Hannah Chandler; Erin Thomas Echols, PhD; Dale Rose, PhD; Eric Carbone, MBA, PhD

Project supported by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention