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Enabling Rapid and Sustainable Public Health Research During Disasters - Workshop Summary


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In the past decade, preparedness and response capacities of government agencies, hospitals and clinics, public health agencies, and academic institutions in the United States and abroad have been challenged by a succession of public health emergencies ranging from radiological threats to pandemics to earthquakes. Each of these emergencies has yielded important information and lessons learned that can inform future disaster response and recovery efforts. However, important information that needs to be collected during and immediately following these emergencies is often missed because of barriers and obstacles to gathering such data.

The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted a public workshop that examined strategies and diversified partnerships to enable methodologically and ethically sound public health and medical research during future emergencies. Discussions supporting this new infrastructure included considerations of rapid funding mechanisms, data collection methods, rapid institutional review board approval processes, and integration of research into an operational response.

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