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Suggested Citation:"Action Collaborative." 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:"Action Collaborative." 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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Action Collaborative The Action Collaborative on Disaster Research (ACDR) is an ad hoc activity under the auspices of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies. Products produced by an action collaborative do not necessarily represent the views of any one organization, the forum, or the National Academies Provide a venue to and have not been subjected to the review procedures of, nor are they support the development a publication or product of the National Academies. and maintenance of a rapid Goals and Objectives response mechanism. With support from and facilitation by forum staff, Collaborative participants strive to: • Foster improved processes and platforms for developing and implementing needed time-critical data collection and research in response to disasters (“Science Preparedness”); • Identify evidence-based mechanisms and opportunities for conducting and sharing information gathered from public health research during disasters; • Engage cross-sector stakeholders in development, refinement, and dissemination of disaster research opportunities and best practices; and • Provide a venue to support the development and maintenance of a rapid response mechanism for the National Academies to continue to meet sponsor needs for convening, idea generation, and information sharing during the initial stages of a public health emergency. 8

Action Collaborative Time to Act Activities Timely, well-designed, and effectively executed interdisciplinary to develop and strengthen the infrastructure, funding, and research across public, academic, and private sectors is critical to our workforce needed to support this research enterprise, as well as future capacity to better achieve the overarching goals of improved coordination of diverse research agendas, enhanced networks preparedness, response, and recovery. The ACDR organized a of stakeholders, data integration, and evolving platforms for webinar series, which will continue in 2021, to explore key needs to collaboration and sustained advancement of this field. provide the best science to address health emergencies and disasters • Webinar 2: Social Services Disaster Research: The Missing in the United States and globally. Link in Serving Vulnerable Populations. In this second webinar, • Webinar 1: Back to the Future: Moving the Nation’s Disaster speakers discussed the importance of disaster social services Research Capacity Forward. This webinar set the stage for research for response and recovery efforts, especially social future discussions, exploring growing efforts and interest services delivery for vulnerable populations. Learn more at nationalacademies.org/ac-disaster-research 9

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