Learning from pandemic for better public health emergency preparedness

January 4, 2023 – A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine focuses on learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to help improve preparedness for future public health emergencies.

Two experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s National Preparedness Leadership InitiativeRichard Serino, distinguished senior fellow and an instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Suzet McKinney, instructor, Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development—co-chaired the panel that oversaw the report.

Panelists came up with a number of lessons for future emergency preparedness, including ending the panic-neglect cycle for improvements such as training and funding, ensuring better data management and availability, and better engaging the private sector in emergency prevention and response.

Read the report: Future Planning for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Enterprise: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic