Reports & Research

Public Health & Emergency Management

Challenges & Opportunities

Jun 7, 2012

At ICF, our consultants are well versed in the enormous complexities and time-sensitive challenges facing government organizations tasked with emergency management. These clients count on our deep experience and expertise to provide data-based guidance and execute impactful solutions that make a real and lasting impact on their organizations and communities.

As part of ICF’s partnership with The George Washington Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), a co-authored report, "Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities," was released under the Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force. The report was introduced at the June 2012 event, which featured distinguished public health and emergency management practitioners. ICF's John Paczkowski was a contributing author.

Among the report’s topics includes the guidance that legacy missions of public health and emergency management must be synchronized for disaster preparedness and response efforts to be effective. To achieve this goal, stakeholders within these fields must work together to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to managing manmade and natural disasters. Such an approach should institutionalize this partnership into guidance and policies at all levels of government and be implemented into practice for routine as well as catastrophic incidents.

Events of the past few decades, including 9/11, the anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, have shown that public health and emergency management efforts are interconnected and often overlap in times of crisis. So it is important to recognize that the success of these missions, whether considered individually or jointly, depends on the continued support of policy makers.

These concepts are not new, but opportunities for improved collaboration remain. This report highlights remaining gaps and makes policy recommendations to enhance the nation’s resilience for manmade and natural disasters.

Download the full report to learn more.

By John Paczkowski and Raphael Barishansky
Homeland Security & National Resilience