Regional Disaster Response Coordination to Support Health Outcomes: Workshop #2 (Minneapolis, MN)

When: July 24, 2014 (8:30 AM Central)
Where: University of Minnesota (Room 1-450) • 515 Delaware St SE, Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

When a disaster strikes, it rarely impacts just one jurisdiction. Many catastrophic disaster plans include provisions of support from neighboring jurisdictions which likely will not be available in a regional disaster. As many jurisdictions within a region will have similar vulnerabilities, it is important to establish responsibilities and capacities and be able to work toward common goals to address all-hazards when multiple areas are affected. It is important for jurisdictions to consider how they will respond to a scenario where the entire region is impacted. 

To explore these unique considerations the Institute of Medicine’s Preparedness Forum is organizing a series of 3 workshops, each of which will explore a specific set of issues: Community Planning and Engagement, Information Sharing and Management, and Surge Management. The focus of this second workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be on information sharing and retrieval from relevant stakeholders across the emergency response spectrum, how that information management can augment response efforts in a complex, regional emergency, and how multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders can best coordinate to ensure successful health outcomes. 

 Workshop Objectives:

• Examine best practices for information sharing amongst stakeholders and incident management in disasters
• Explore pieces of information management during disasters through various recent case studies 
        o Identify gaps that still exist for specific disasters (i.e. slow moving, no-notice, natural disaster, etc)
• Discuss best uses of information sharing and integration of health systems and private sector partners in information centers 
        o Explore ways to better coordinate groups regionally using national networks
• Consider potential for using systems to augment response and situational awareness during an incident
• Discuss coordination at the federal, state, and local level 
        o Highlight challenges leading to an uneven knowledge base or gaps in information 
        o Explore methods to leverage private partnerships
• Consider how improved information sharing and data collection capabilities can support decision-making of policy makers

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