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Suggested Citation:"Areas of Interest." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies: 2020 Annual Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26327.
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Suggested Citation:"Areas of Interest." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies: 2020 Annual Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26327.
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Areas of Interest Forum Initiatives The forum identifies interest areas that need highlighting and attention based on member areas of expertise and the evolution of the field of medical and public health preparedness. These areas of interests are fluid in that they adapt to address challenges and areas of focus over time. The areas of interest for 2020 include: Global health security focuses on ongoing efforts to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from emerging infectious diseases and other threats. The forum will concentrate its discussion on strengthening the U.S. health care and public health systems’ capacity to detect, prevent, plan for, Global Health respond to, and recover from naturally occurring outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of Security dangerous pathogens. Ensuring timely communications and effective coordination within all levels of government and among the government, the private sector, and the public during large-scale disasters and incidents is critical to ensuring the health and welfare of the nation. The forum will center its attention on ways to improve situational awareness, threat intelligence sharing, risk communication, and collaboration among Communication & multi-sector disaster response networks, including public, academic, private, governmental, and Coordination nongovernmental organizations. Personal and community resilience is the sustained ability of an individual and a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations following a catastrophic event. The forum will explore opportunities and barriers to enhancing the resilience of individuals and communities through disaster risk reduction, ensuring that health is included in Personal & Community post-disaster recovery planning efforts, working with non-traditional sectors, and exploring special Resilience considerations needed to strengthen a community after a mass casualty incident. Critical infrastructure protection focuses on ongoing efforts to secure the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, vital to the security, public health, and safety of the nation. The forum centers its discussion on the health care and public health sector and interdependent sector vulnerabilities; consequences of cascading and prolonged failures of infrastructure; threats from Critical infrastructure chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives; and the increasing threat and 4 consequences of cyberattack.

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