Stephen Curren, MS
Director, Division of Resilience
Office of Emergency Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, District of Columbia
According to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, 2017 was a year of perilous natural disaster events that included severe storms and flooding across the United States. The impact of weather events worsened with the affliction of wild fires in the western region and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which plagued southeastern states and US territories, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all of which equated to losses exceeding $1 billion each. The imminent need to prepare for and rebound from these growing crises is propelled by the rapid increase in climate and weather events. Nevertheless, the ever-evolving health information and technology infrastructure offers local, state and territorial governments an opportunity to modernize their emergency preparedness and response capabilities. With the use of community capital, social media data, and the internet of things (IoT) local communities in the US and across the globe can more firmly establish more resilient and adaptable pandemic and all-hazards community systems, such as the Regional Disaster Health Response System” that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is developing. This session will cover innovative strategies to better anticipate health crises and devise proper intervention, mitigation with the use of health information and innovative technologies.