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A Framework for Healthcare Disaster Resilience: A View to the Future
February 22, 2018
Although the healthcare system is undoubtedly better prepared for disasters than it was before the events of 9/11, it is not well prepared for a large-scale or catastrophic disaster. Just as important, other segments of society that support or interact with the healthcare system and that are needed for creating disaster-resilient communities are not sufficiently prepared for disasters. This report is the culmination of a 2-year project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine US disaster healthcare with the purpose of identifying changes, innovations, and new efforts that could strengthen the country’s ability to provide medical care in major disasters. In the report, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security researchers analyze a range of disasters that could confront the United States and consider their impacts on the healthcare system, including how medical care would be delivered in those scenarios, both to victims of the disaster and everyone else. We found that many of the current programs are quite valuable and should continue to be supported, and that several new initiatives should be pursued that would improve the disaster readiness and resilience of the US health sector.