McKinney Named to FEMA Advisory Board

Suzet McKinney (NPLI Cohort IX), Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Public Health, is one of ten new members of the FEMA National Advisory Council.The 10 appointees were chosen from among 500 candidates by a panel of senior government officials. According to the FEMA press release: The NAC is an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural…

NPLI Cohort X Project Makes News

Can social media be an effective tool for detecting outbreaks of food-borne illness? That is the question that one project team set out to answer during 2012/2013’s Cohort X. The answer seems to be yes. Among the team’s activities was developing and testing an app for automated Twitter monitoring for outbreaks of food poisoning and other restaurant-related illnesses in greater Chicago. A suspect Tweet triggers a response asking the person…

Goralnick Joins NPLI Faculty

Eric Goralnick has joined the NPLI faculty as Senior Associate. Goralnick is currently the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness and Associate Clinical Director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He attended the United States Naval Academy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. After shadowing Navy Physicians and Corpsmen overseas, he then began his medical career by attending the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel…

McConnell calls for Meta-leadership on Cybersecurity

Former Director for National Intelligence Mike McConnell has called for meta-leadership as the nation prepares for more and larger cyber attacks in Politico: For NIST to bring all of the parties together and create meaningful change, I believe that its senior leaders must become directly involved in this effort, bringing to it these enterprisewide leadership skills, and the engagement of the Department of Commerce, and interagency and business leadership. The…

Assessing the Response in Boston

The recent Boston Marathon bombings tested the city’s preparedness and response. These efforts included many associated with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Here is a quick round up of some of the more interesting pieces: The Harvard School of Public Health Forum held a live webcast in conjunction with WBUR featuring NPLI Founding Co-director Dr. Leonard Marcus, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Boyce (Cohort IV), Massachusetts General…