The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has received a $399,000 grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to create a resilience checklist and implementation guide that health systems can use to assess whether they are prepared to maintain essential functions during an emergency.
Faced with a major disaster or infectious disease outbreak, the people and organizations that promote, restore, and maintain a community’s health should be able to successfully treat the sick and protect the well. Doing so requires skilled clinicians, fully staffed and equipped healthcare facilities, public health monitoring and case management, clinical care research and protocols, and numerous other capabilities and capacities assessed in detail by the Center’s checklist.
“Without the benefits of an adaptive, robust, and resilient health system, response efforts could exacerbate the toll of a high-threat event,” said Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Center and the project’s principal investigator. “We’ve seen this problem in recent outbreaks of Ebola, MERS, and SARS, when ill-prepared healthcare environments inadvertently increased the spread of disease. Our project endeavors to link the work already being done to strengthen health system functions with concurrent work on policies to improve global health security.”