How to Utilize the Joint Disaster Medicine and Public Health Ecosystem

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Every American wants to have medical care available to their family members when the need arises. In the event of natural disasters, public health emergencies, or an overseas large-scale combat operation that requires the use of civilian healthcare systems for combat casualties, many healthcare resources – hospitals, staff, supplies – will be strained. Preparing for these disaster health events is the focus of the Joint Disaster Medicine and Public Health Ecosystem. This Ecosystem maintains a network of academic, government, and commercial partner organizations that are willing and able to support the Nation in disaster health preparedness and response activities. These organizations conduct scientific research, implementation and operational studies, and training and education in response to both steady-state and rapid response needs of the interagency. The genesis of the disaster health-focused studies and activities are in response to federal government stakeholder requests or collaborative discussions between the National Center and Ecosystem partners. Organizations in the Ecosystem maintain a cooperative agreement with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and work with the National Center to develop and execute activities on behalf of the interagency.

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