Doing Good by Playing Well with Others: Exploring Local Collaboration for Emergency Preparedness and Response

Eric S. Toner, Sanjana Ravi, Amesh Adalja, Richard E. Waldhorn, Meghan McGinty, Monica Schoch-Spana

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Abstract

Increasingly frequent and costly disasters in the US have prompted the need for greater collaboration at the local level among healthcare facilities, public health agencies, emergency medical services, and emergency management agencies. We conducted a multiphase, mixed-method, qualitative study to uncover the extent and quality of existing collaborations, identify what factors impede or facilitate the integration of the preparedness community, and propose measures to strengthen collaboration. Our study involved a comprehensive literature review, 55 semistructured key-informant interviews, and a working group meeting. Using thematic analysis, we identified 6 key findings that will inform the development of tools to help coalitions better assess and improve their own preparedness community integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Security
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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