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Resilient American Communities:
Progress in Practice and Policy

Overview

Resilient American Communities: Progress in Practice and Policy (December 10, 2009, Washington, DC) was organized by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC in collaboration with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism (START) and the Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado at Boulder. The meeting convened more than 140 attendees; among them were U.S. government officials, congressional staff, policy analysts, scholars, public health and emergency management practitioners, and members of the media. Speakers and panelists included representatives of major U.S. government programs and of private and non-profit initiatives. All are working to advance community resilience as a national goal.

The purpose of this meeting was to apply state-of-the-art knowledge of resilience to the design of federal policies that will strengthen local communities and their environments to withstand disasters, epidemics, and terrorism. To that end, there were 2 primary objectives: (1) discuss steps that improve community resilience to extreme events, based upon evidence from the field; and, (2) identify ways in which the U.S. federal government can best support localities and regions in implementing these measures. Such actions include: anticipating hazards in the design of safer hometowns; strengthening partnerships among the government, the private sector and community organizations; engaging citizens in policy decisions about their health and safety; and ensuring adequate protections for vulnerable populations.

The conference summary report was prepared by the Center for Biosecurity's staff to provide a synopsis of the day's panel discussions and individual presentations.

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Agenda

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Welcome & Opening Remarks
Tom Inglesby, Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Building the Team for Resilient Communities
Richard Serino, FEMA Deputy Administrator


Resilience in the Public Health and Healthcare Sectors
Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS


Grounding Federal Policy in the Evidence about Resilience
Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Panel Discussion—Action Plan to Make Community Resilience a Reality

  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • David Godschalk, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Tim Lovell, Executive Director, Tulsa Partners, Inc.
  • Joseph Donovan, Senior Vice President, Beacon Capital Partners
  • Eric Toner, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Panel Discussion—Action Plan to Make Community Resilience a Reality-continued

  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Roz Lasker, Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Meredith Li-Vollmer, Risk Communication Specialist, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Washington
  • Irwin Redlener, Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University; Member, National Commission on Children and Disasters
  • June Gin, Manager, Disaster Resilient Organization Program, Bay Area Preparedness Initiative of the Fritz Institute, San Francisco, CA


Lessons from History and from Sea Level
John M. Barry, author, The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America; member, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority


Presentation by Brian Kamoie, Senior Director for Preparedness Policy,
National Security Staff, The White House. 
Mr. Kamoie's talk was off the record.


Panel Discussion: How to Survive the Big One: Resilience to a Major Earthquake

  • Dennis Mileti, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Moderator
  • Arrietta Chakos, Director, Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD), Alameda County, California
  • Karen Marsh, Director, FEMA Community Preparedness Division
  • Robert Olshansky, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Adam Rose, Research Professor of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California
  • Ellis Stanley, Sr., Director, Western Emergency Management Services at Dewberry, Los Angeles, CA


Panel Discussion—How Are We Doing with Flu? H1N1 Revelations about Resilience

  • Ann Norwood, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Brooke Courtney, Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Serena Vinter, Senior Research Associate, Trust for America's Health
  • Cynthia Dold, Healthcare Coalition Program Manager, Public Health, Seattle & King County, Washington
  • Alonzo Plough, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, Los Angeles County Public Health Department
  • Sandra Crouse Quinn, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health


Closing Remarks
Tom Inglesby, Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC




Documents

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Speakers

John M. Barry
Author, The Great Influenza and Rising Tide; member, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Arrietta Chakos
Director, Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Brooke Courtney, JD, MPH
Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Cynthia Dold
Healthcare Coalition Program Manager, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Washington

Joseph Donovan
Senior Vice President, Beacon Capital Partners

June Gin
Manager, Disaster Resilient Organization Program, Bay Area Preparedness Initiative of the Fritz Institute, San Francisco, CA

David Godschalk
Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thomas V. Inglesby
Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Ana-Marie Jones
Executive Director, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD), Alameda County, California

Brian Kamoie
Senior Director for Preparedness Policy, National Security Staff, The White House

Roz Lasker
Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Meredith Li-Vollmer
Risk Communication Specialist, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Washington

Tim Lovell
Executive Director, Tulsa Partners, Inc.

Nicole Lurie
HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response

Karen Marsh
Director, FEMA Community Preparedness Division

Dennis Mileti
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Ann Norwood
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Jennifer Nuzzo
Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Robert Olshansky
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alonzo Plough
Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, Los Angeles County Public Health Department

Sandra Crouse Quinn
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Irwin Redlener
Professor, Clinical Public Health; Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University; Member, National Commission on Children and Disasters

Adam Rose
Research Professor of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California

Monica Schoch-Spana
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC; Chairperson

Richard Serino
FEMA Deputy Administrator

Ellis Stanley, Sr.
Director, Western Emergency Management Services at Dewberry, Los Angeles, CA

Eric Toner
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

Serena Vinter
Senior Research Associate, Trust for America's Health



Attendees

  • David Abramson, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University
  • Claudia Albano, City of Oakland
  • Lauren Alexander Augustine, The National Academies
  • John M. Barry, Author
  • Kavita Berger, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Tom Birkland, North Carolina State University
  • Nidhi Bouri, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Ellen Carlin, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Julie Casani, North Carolina Division of Public Health
  • Arrietta Chakos, Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Mike Collins, National Council on Disability
  • Brooke Courtney, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina
  • Margaret Davidson, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Scott Deitchman, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Molly D'Esopo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Dan Dodgen, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Cynthia Dold, Department of Public Health, Seattle/King County
  • Joseph Donovan, Beacon Capital Partners
  • Michael Dunaway, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Warren Edwards, Community & Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI)
  • Elizabeth Eide, The National Academies
  • David Eisenman, UCLA
  • Stacy Elmer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Joanna Engstrom-Brown, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Gerald Epstein, Center for Science, Technology & Security Policy, AAAS
  • Matthew Everett, Water Security Division, EPA
  • Brian Flynn, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
  • Laura Flynn, Water Security Division, EPA
  • Jackie Fox, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Margaret Fowke
  • Crystal Franco, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Carol Freeman, ICF Macro
  • Gerald Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute
  • John Gaynor, Office of Weather and Air Quality, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin.
  • Asha George, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • June Gin, Bay Area Preparedness Initiative, Fritz Institute
  • David Godschalk, University of North Carolina
  • Jesper Gronvall, Embassy of Sweden
  • Elin Gursky, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Dan Hanfling, Inova Health System
  • Mary Beth Hansen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Julie Hantman, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • John R. Harrald, Virginia Tech
  • D.A. Henderson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jack Herrmann, NACCHO
  • Nan Hunter, Georgetown University
  • Thomas V. Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Deborah Ingram, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • William Jenkins, Jr., U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ana-Marie Jones, CARD
  • Brian Kamoie, National Security Staff, The White House
  • David Kaufman, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Rebecca Kaul
  • Natalie Keegan, Congressional Research Service Library of Congress
  • Mark Keim, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Lynne Kidder, Business Executives for National Security
  • Ann Knebel, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans
  • Roz Lasker, Columbia University
  • Mark J. Levine, Virginia State Health Department
  • Meredith Li-Vollmer, Department of Public Health, Seattle/King County
  • Rocky Lopes, National Association of Counties
  • Tim Lovell, Tulsa Partners
  • Nicole Lurie, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Michael Mair, ASPR/BARDA, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Bob Maloney, Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management
  • Monique Mansoura, ASPR/BARDA, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Karen Marsh, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mike Matthews, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Dennis Mileti, University of Colorado
  • Matt Minson, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Rhonda Moore, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Ann Norwood, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Robert Olshansky, University of Illinois at Urbana
  • Ines Pearce, Pearce Global Partners Inc.
  • Sally Phillips, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • John C. Pine, Appalachian State University
  • Alonzo Plough, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Sandra Quinn, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kunal Rambhia, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Irwin Redlener, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University
  • Claire Reiss, Public Entity Risk Institute
  • Chris Renschler, University of Buffalo
  • Adam Rose, DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, University of Southern California
  • Robert Ross, Risk Sciences Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Randy Rowel, Morgan State University
  • Claire Rubin, Claire B. Rubin & Assoc.
  • Karen Sank, Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management
  • Samuel Schaffzin, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Fred Selck
  • Tara Kirk Sell, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Richard Serino, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ben Sheppard, Institute for Alternative Futures
  • David Simpson, Louisville University
  • Kathleen Smarick, START
  • Brad Smith, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Gavin Smith, Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters, University of North Carolina
  • Jacqueline Snelling, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • John Solomon, Incaseofemergencyblog.com
  • Ellis Stanley, Dewberry, LLC
  • Patrice Strapp-White, DC Government, Emergency Management
  • Joe Straw, Security Management Magazine
  • Nushat Thomas, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado
  • Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Price Tyson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Serina Vinter, TFAH
  • Maria Vorel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Steven Wagner, Office of Health Preparedness, Ohio Department of Health
  • Richard Waldhorn, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Darlene Sparks Washington, DSW Consulting, LLC
  • Matthew Watson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Cathy Welker, Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management
  • Dennis Wenger, National Science Foundation
  • Tom Wilbanks, CARRI/ORNL
  • Stephanie Zaza, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

 

 

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