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Redesigning Disaster Health in a Time of Change: Inculcating a Culture of Resilience within a Culture of Health

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has received a $399,000 grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to create a resilience checklist and implementation guide that health systems can use to assess whether they are prepared to maintain essential functions during an emergency.

Faced with a major disaster or infectious disease outbreak, the people and organizations that promote, restore, and maintain a community’s health should be able to successfully treat the sick and protect the well. Doing so requires skilled clinicians, fully staffed and equipped healthcare facilities, public health monitoring and case management, clinical care research and protocols, and numerous other capabilities and capacities assessed in detail by the Center’s checklist.

The work will be informed by themes gleaned from a comprehensive review of relevant literature and key takeaways from dozens of interviews with experts in healthcare preparedness, health systems strengthening, global health security, epidemic response and management, and community and health system resilience. They plan to pilot a draft checklist in partnership with a host country in late 2018 before finalizing the checklist and companion implementation guide for wide distribution in early 2019.

The team will identify a pilot country for the checklist based on recommendations from the World Bank.

Project team lead: Jennifer Nuzzo

Project team:  David Bishai, MD, PhD; Eric Toner, MD; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Michael Snyder, MA

Project supported by: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

 

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