Leading during A Crisis

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Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

This learning project is from the Decision-Making from the Field Series presented as a webcast interactive seminar moderated by Timothy Johnson (ABC News).  Dr. Johnson facilitates a discussion with Mayor Menino who describes his leadership role during the response to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize key leadership lessons learned from public health crises
  2. Recognize collaborating agencies during a crisis
  3. Recognize leadership styles and communication techniques

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The Boston Marathon Bombings – Lessons Learned for Saving Lives

Competency 1.3 – Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.

James Hooley, Chief of Boston EMS; Paul Biddinger, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health, and Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital; JudyAnn Bigby, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services; Leonard Marcus, Co-Director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative; and Don Boyce, Director of the Office of Emergency Management discussed the immediate aftermath of the bombings, revealed the sometimes surprising underpinnings of a successful emergency preparedness system and shared hard-won lessons applied and learned.

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A Decade of Lessons Learned Post 9/11

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 1 ½ years after the Haiti earthquake, and six months after the Japanese tsunami, earthquake and nuclear crises, this Forum event examined how far we have come in responding to disasters – and the policy implications for decision making in emergencies. The panel discussed the health risks first responders face, the roles of survivors and government agencies in the hours and days after a disaster, and what measures can be taken to speed recovery and clean-up.

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Response to the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis in Japan

Competency 2.1 – Manage information related to an emergency.

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a catastrophic earthquake resulted in a tsunami engulfing parts of Japan’s coastline. A state of emergency was declared at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which subsequently experienced multiple explosions, a fire, and radiation releases. Two weeks after the earthquake, more than 10,000 people were confirmed dead, and more than 17,400 people were missing. This forum event examined the public health response to the earthquake.

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The Public Health Emergency Response to the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

This learning project is part of our Speaker’s Series held at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Moderated by Dean Julio Frenk, Dr. Jean Renald Clerisme, who is a Cabinet Member to the Office of President of Haiti, describes the public health emergency response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of earthquake hazards on the island of Haiti
  2. Understand the social and environmental losses
  3. Describe the role of the National Advisory Committee for Risk and Disaster Management in Haiti
  4. Review the National Plan for Potential Risks

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Please click here to see the slides: Presentación by Dr. Jean Renald Clerisme

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Crisis, Crossroads and Credibility

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

Dr. Julie Gerberding led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as director from 2002 to 2009. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating more than 40 emergency response initiatives for public health crises including anthrax bioterrorism, SARS, avian influenza, and natural disasters. During this webcast/interactive webinar, Dr. Gerberding describes her leadership role during the response to such events.

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Leading Health Crises Responses at CDC

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

Dr. Besser served as Acting Director for the CDC and Acting Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak. During this webcast/interactive webinar he describes his leadership role during the H1N1 crisis.

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Towards a Resilient Civil Society

Competency 1.3 – Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.

Talia Levanon is the Director of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) established in 2002. A collaborative network of over fifty organizations committed to a proactive role in policy making and the provision of a systematic continuum of trauma related care. As Director of the ITC, Talia is steadfast in her dedication to building collaborative partnerships that ensure the provision of lasting care and healing to trauma victims in both Israel and abroad. She spoke about how all agencies must come to the table to create a support network strong enough for building a resilient civil society.

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The Next Pandemic – Are We Ready?

Competency 1.1 – Solve problems under emergency conditions.

New cases of the life-threatening MERS coronavirus in the Middle East and the H7N9 bird flu virus in China have prompted questions about the world’s readiness to confront potential resulting pandemics. This Forum event examined risks associated with these particular viruses, vaccine technologies to combat them, strategies to track them, global preparedness plans and lessons learned from past deadly outbreaks such as SARS and H1N1.

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