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Leadership Guide

A guide to help leaders anticipate and avert the governing pitfalls that arise during epidemcs.

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A Leadership Guide

Purpose: How to Lead during Bioattacks provides government leaders with guidance on anticipating and averting governing pitfalls that arise during epidemics. This resource:

  • Sets forth strategic goals that distinguish effective, compassionate leadership in epidemics

  • Illustrates circumstances posed by bioattacks that further complicate response to the health crisis

  • Identifies dilemmas of governing that commonly arise during naturally occurring or intentionally caused epidemics

  • Recommends principles and actions for averting and/or remedying such predicaments.

Background: To address the issue, the UPMC Center for Biosecurity convened the Working Group on 'Governance Dilemmas' in Bioterrorism Response from February 2003–February 2004. This group is comprised of thirty professionals including veteran political and public health leaders; medicine, public health, and disaster experts; community leaders and special population advocates; and news media, public affairs and risk communication experts. In March 2004, the Working Group published a consensus statement entitled "Leading during Bioattacks and Epidemics with the Public's Trust and Help" in the peer-reviewed journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism.

Contents: 

  • Executive summary: Key points of the consensus statement of the Working Group on Governance Dilemmas

  • Case Studies: Examples of responses to recent crises

  • Working group members: Biographical information for members of the Working Group on 'Governance Dilemmas' in Bioterrorism Response

  • Full Report: PDF file of the Working Group consensus statement entitled "Leading during Bioattacks and Epidemics with the Public's Trust and Help" published in the peer-reviewed journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. 

  • Curriculum: Materials and selected resources that complement the guidelines in "How to Lead during Bioattacks with the Public's Trust and Help: A Manual for Mayors, Governors, and Top Health Officials"

Support: Award MIPT-2002J-A-019 from the Oklahoma City Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) and the Office for Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, and Award #2000-10-7 from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Disclaimer: Points of view in this presentation are those of the working group and do not necessarily represent the official position of MIPT, the US Department of Homeland Security, or the Sloan Foundation.

Project Team:

  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Principal Investigator

  • Bruce Campbell, Financial Administrator

  • Molly D'Esopo, Production Coordinator

  • Jackie Fox, Senior Science Writer

  • Onora Lien, Research Analyst

  • Scott Sugiuchi, Graphic Designer