Strategies, Interventions and Policies for Health Promotion, High Risk Behavior Prevention and Increased Performance of the DHS Law Enforcement Workforce: A Workshop

When: January 17, 2018 - January 18, 2018 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Health Care Workforce, Public Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Activity: Standing Committee on Health Threats Resilience and Workforce Resilience
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

An ad hoc committee will organize a public workshop that will explore the impact of operational stressors on the health and performance of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) law enforcement workforce. Further, the workshop will explore relevant opportunities for DHS’s Office of Health Affairs Workforce Health and Medical Support Division, Office of Chief of Human Capital Officer, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and DHS component agencies and operational units to identify and incorporate best practices, strategies, interventions and policies from other similarly situated organizations and mitigate risks to the health and safety of their workforce, and, by extension, the safety of the nation.

The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. The workshop discussions will provide participants an opportunity to better explore the operational stressors unique to the operations and environments experienced by the DHS workforce, and best practices, strategies, interventions and policies to limit their impact. Specifically, the workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions that will:

-- Provide a broad overview of the operational stressors and environments faced by the DHS law enforcement workforce; 

-- Explore evidence-based resilience and performance enhancement training, and suicide and other high-risk behavior prevention strategies and interventions; 

-- Discuss potential strategies and best practices to limit the impact of environmental factors and other operational stressors that may limit the effectiveness of the DHS law enforcement workforce; 

-- Identify barriers for implementation of best practices (e.g., funding, policies, logistics, etc.) and;

-- Examine how law enforcement leaders can promote the recognition of indicators of psychological stress and inspire personnel to access available resources while reducing stigma and increasing help-seeking behavior.

A proceeding in brief of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

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