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UMiami: Florida Institute for Health Innovation Chosen to Lead Regional Hurricane Response Hub

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine partnered with the Florida Institute for Health Innovation (FIHI) to improve hurricane-disaster preparedness. FIHI, a non-profit organization that improves public health through innovative and collaborative change, will now serve as one of the five regional technical assistance centers for the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH).

In a press release issued by FIHI, Dr. Roderick King, assistant dean of public health education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, associate professor at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, and CEO of FIHI, said, “This initiative represents a significant step toward improving the resilience of Florida’s disaster-preparedness and emergency response workforce. Strengthening and building the capacity of this workforce will enable us to act quickly, efficiently, and collectively in response to future disasters.”

Led by the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the HRH is a national program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is designed to improve disaster-related surveillance and environmental and occupational health needs by addressing those needs through training and technical assistance. The HRHfocuses on areas that were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, such as Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

To lead public health workforce capacity-building activities across the state, the HRH is also working with various state and regional partners, such as the Florida Department of Health, Catalyst Miami, Florida International University, Arcadis, and Miami-Dade County.