Third National Congress of Health System Readiness: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century

Blog Post by Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Public Health Preparedness, Director, International Disaster Medical Sciences Fellowship, http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/emergmed

On December 1st in Washington DC nearly 500 physicians and others involved in public health preparedness gather at a joint session of the American Medical Association and the federal Department of Health and Human Services during the Third National Congress of Health System Readiness:  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century .  The session, delivered by senior government officials and academicians, is entitled “Medical Countermeasures:  From the Bench to the Bloodstream.”  This follows a full day of presentations that focused on using science to inform evidence-based preparedness for disasters of all types.  Highlights included an update on the threat and management of terrorist bombings, current concepts in mass casualty triage, and a fascinating international presentation about terrorist attacks and health system surge capacity with senior health and policy representatives from Israel, London, Madrid and Mumbai.  These provocative presentations were followed by interactive discussions with the audience, several of whom were contributors to the newly published Koenig and Schultz’s Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices .  I look forward to future discussions with experts on the H1N1 pandemic.  The Congress concluded with several sessions focusing on the future of public health preparedness to include a special panel on education and training. 

Another major meeting will take place in Israel from January 11-14, 2010.  The First Israeli International Conference on Preparedness & Response to Emergencies & Disasters of Health care systems (IPRED)  taking place in Tel-Aviv from January 11-14, 2010.  This conference will include presentations of cutting edge developments in public health preparedness including: mass gatherings, behavior and mental health, risk communication, hospital and prehospital preparedness, and leadership.  A main feature will be a full scale biological drill.  Hope to see you there!

For more information, please see Koenig and Schultz’s Disaster Medicine: Comprehensive Principles and Practices, published by Cambridge University Press.

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