Harvards’ NPLI Program Celebrates Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative recently announced its Meta-Leadership project Hall of Fame.  Projects were chosen for their positive impact on critical issues of public safety, disaster preparedness, and disaster response.

In each of the NPLI’s 17 cohorts, participants’ form into multi-organizational teams to develop projects intended to make a tangible difference on a real-world problem confronting communities and those responsible for their preparedness and resilience.

Two of the initial inductees into the hall of fame represent projects developed directly during the program experience. Team Push2 Breathe (Cohort XV, 2017) tackled issues related to availability of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, for use by law enforcement officers to treat overdose victims. Pilot projects were held in Cambridge, MA; Jackson, MS; and Montgomery, AL.

Team Push2Breathe members were Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert, Cambridge Police Department; Dave Fluty, Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Major (now Colonel) Kerry Gilpin, Massachusetts State Police; Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck, United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Dr. Mick Molloy, Ireland East Hospital Group; and Brett Petersen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the photo above, Jack Albert accepts the NPLI Meta-leadership Project Hall of Fame certificate on behalf of Team Push2Breathe from NPLI faculty. Left to right: Eric J. McNulty, associate director, NPLI; Jack Alpert, deputy superintendent, Cambridge Police Department; Leonard J. Marcus, founding co-director, NPLI; and Richard Serino, distinguished senior fellow, NPLI.

The second of these teams, Team You Can Act (Cohort XIII, 2015), deployed tourniquets for public use at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. This project complemented the National Stop the Bleed campaign, and team members participated in a Stop the Bleed summit at The White House in 2015. “The success we have had really comes down to the talent of the diverse team, who quite deliberately applied the principles of meta-leadership.  By focusing on shared motivations, we developed a work product that we could take beyond our pilot test and back to our agencies and communities.  If you are ever passing through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, take a look at the Bleeding Control Stations!” – Steve Maloney, NPLI Cohort XIII, Federal Reserve Board.

A Stop the Bleed Station at Charlotte-Douglas Airport

Team members were Deputy Superintendent Stephen Ahearn, Cambridge Police Department;  Battalion Commander Eric DiNoto, Massachusetts Army National Guard; Brian Hastings, Alabama Emergency Management Agency (then US Air Force); Stephen Maloney, Federal Reserve Board; James Mynatt, then with Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and now with Elevation Church, Matthews, NC; Stacy Peerbolte, then Federal Emergency Management Agency, now with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and John Snider, Arlington County Fire Department.

Two additional projects developed outside of the formal program experience were also named to the Hall of Fame.

The first was the Meta-Leadership Summits for Preparedness, which brought multi sector Meta-Leadership training symposia to 36 cities across the United States between 2006 and 2011. The summits were the idea of Dr. Richard Besser (Cohort II), then at the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC), and now CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The second, Tale of Our Cities, brought experts in terrorism preparedness response from around the world to share best practices with their American counterparts. Tale of Our Cities summits were held in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Championing the Tale of Our Cities summits were Richard Serino (Cohort I), then Chief of Boston EMS and now distinguished senior fellow with the NPLI, and Dr. Richard Hunt (Cohort I), then of the CDC and now with HHS. Changes to policies and protocols that emerged from the Tale of Our Cities summit in Boston, MA saved lives in the response to the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. “Knowing that the Tale of Cities platform resulted in saved lives reinforces the value of NPLI and turning lessons observed into lessons learned.”- Dr. Richard Hunt, Senior Medical Advisor, National Health Care Preparedness Programs, ASPR, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Additional projects will be considered for inclusion in the Meta-Leadership Hall of Fame each year. “The NPLI Meta-Leadership projects demonstrate action learning at its best. Our executive education participants learn to engage in a diverse team while working to make our communities safer and better prepared for the challenges they face,” said Eric McNulty, Associate Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

The NPLI is a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.