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Contents About the Forum 2 Areas of Interest 4 Meetings 6 Publications 7 Action Collaborative 8 Forum Membership 10 Forum Sponsors 12 Forum Timeline 14 Forum Staff 16
Letter from the Co-Chairs As we reflect on the year that has passed, it is hard to reconcile the sweat equity that we have all put into preparedness and response activities over many years as members of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies with the less than stellar national response mounted against the COVID-19 outbreak. But to a person, each of you are to be thanked and appreciated, along with those who DAN HANFLING, MD SUZET M. MCKINNEY, have supported you in allowing your participation in the ongoing dialogue we hold in (Co-Chair) DrPH, MPH (Co-Chair) the âsacredâ space of our convening chamber (conjuring up the words of our founding Vice-President, Principal & Director Technical Staff In-Q-Tel of Life Sciences at member and Chair, Dr. Lewis Goldfrank, even if it has mostly been on Zoom for the past Sterling Bay year). Without your contributions, recommendations, and at times, exhortations, we might have been much worse off. So, too, do we recognize the tremendous and talented National Academies staff, whose tireless efforts over the past year have ensured a nearly endless flow of reports, meeting summaries and other communiques that have all been immensely helpful in keeping us in touch with the ongoing response to the pandemic. We recognize and greatly appreciate the honor and responsibility we have been granted in co-chairing the Forum. But it is through your collective leadership that great ideas are brought forth, and practical solutions are pushed forward. As we continue to react and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, know that your ideas matter, your voice counts, and your deeds and actions reflect the spirit of the National Academy of Medicine â ensuring a healthier future for all. 2