• Applying the Disaster Risk Reduction Model for Health Systematically in the United States - A Panel Session at the 2016 Preparedness Summit Date: April 21, 2016 (1:30 PM Eastern)

    DRR strategies can reduce susceptibility while building resilience, and are often already applied at the local level through existing programs and planning in communities. Once environmental and other potential risks unique to communities are more holistically understood, community members can work to develop self-reliant strategies in order to reduce their vulnerability and potential reliance on federal assistance during a disaster. Encouraging the public health preparedness communities at the local level to work across other sectors and engage all partners can help to socialize the concept of DRR while also creating better awareness and synergy between ongoing efforts in practice by varying groups with similar goals. The widespread uptake of DRR at the community-level could have far-reaching effects, from more resilient communities, to innovative climate change adaptation efforts, to more robust local food systems. This workshop will introduce the concepts of DRR for health, facilitate conversations between participants about what DRR activities are already ongoing in their communities, and highlight opportunities for partnership and synergy between sectors to reduce the underlying factors that make communities vulnerable to disaster. Linking DRR concepts for health to sustainability can better prepare the nation for a coming century of extreme events.