Health security is the nation’s collective ability to keep its residents safe and healthy in the face of disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other large-scale emergencies. Researchers from the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) program office at the University of Kentucky (UK) will present a Learning Institute at the 2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo titled “Hacking Your Way to Stronger Health Security: Using the National Health Security Preparedness Index to Assess, Prioritize, Collaborate, and Communicate”.
The NHSPI is headquartered at UK, with staff drawn from the UK College of Public Health and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Dr. Glen Mays, Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, serves as program director. Dr. Anna Goodman Hoover, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health, serves as NHSPI deputy director.
At APHA, Mays and Hoover will join with NHSPI data analyst Mr. Michael Childress to share their insights on five years of valuable state and national data available in the Index for more than 140 measures across six domains of health security.
The session will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 11:30 am. Hands-on learning and small group work during the institute will provide participants with the opportunity to analyze data from the National Health Security Preparedness Index to identify national and state-level strengths and weaknesses in health protections; differentiate focus areas to prioritize actions aimed at improving health security; engage potential collaborative partners in pursing these priorities; and discuss strengths, weaknesses, and plans for enhancing health protections with stakeholders.