NPLI Alumni Present Team Project to California Emergency Services Leadership

Last month, NPLI associate director Eric McNulty joined the members of the Executive Education Program Cohort XVI in Sacramento to visit with the leadership of the California Military Department and the California Office of Emergency Services on preparing for and responding to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident. The NPLI alumni were members of Team Space Weather Acute Response Measures (SWARM), the meta-leadership team that as a part of their NPLI…

Communications Internship

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  We are a crisis leadership training and research program dedicated to preparing professionals from federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors to lead preparedness, response, mitigation, and…

NPLI Faculty, EEP Alumni Share Leadership Lessons at Inaugural IAEM Canada Conference

It was a terrific week in Calgary at the inaugural IAEM Canada Conference, where attendees gathered together for thought-provoking discussions around crisis leadership, preparedness, and resilience. One of many NPLI Executive Education Program alumni in attendance was Greg Solecki (EEP Cohort XIV), IAEM-Canada President and an organizer of the conference, who invited our associate director Eric McNulty to give the Friday morning keynote. During his keynote, McNulty outlined how the…

2016 Meta Leader of the Year – Jane Cage

When Cohort XV came to Cambridge for their opening session in early December, they had the chance to meet a special alumnus: Jane Cage (Cohort XI). Jane is chairman of the Joplin (MO) Citizens Advisory Recovery Team and was a tireless volunteer in the aftermath of the EF-5, multi-voretx tornado that ripped through Joplin hard on May 22, 2011. The tornado killed more than 150 people and injured more than…

Team Lighthouse Gets Creative in Its Pursuit of Enhanced Collaboration with Elected Officials to Improve Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

preparedness planning may not be a winning platform, elected and appointed officials are often front and center when a crisis hits. Team Lighthouse recognized that while preparedness may not win an election, perceived failure to effectively manage a crisis response and recovery certainly could lose one. The team also uncovered a lacking in the level of training provided to these officials, despite the important role they play in emergency response.…

Team “Airport Too-Point-Ohh!” spreads CALM across Airport Incident Management Systems

Airports have become increasingly complex security environments, due to rapidly evolving safety concerns and the interplay of multi-jurisdictional and cross-sector stakeholders from airlines, to retail, to federal, state and local regulatory and law enforcement agencies. With this complex environment in mind, Team Airport Too-Point-Ohh! utilized the Meta-leadership framework to enable airport leadership to focus on the “whole airport community” and develop improved collaborative decision-making for crisis preparedness and response. The…

With “Push2Breathe,” NPLI Executive Education Students Lead the Fight to Reduce Preventable Deaths from Opioid Overdose

The CDC reports that 91 Americans die each day from opioid overdose, with at least half of all overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.[1] This ongoing and growing epidemic, recently declared an emergency by the President, challenges leaders across sectors, from law enforcement to public health to elected officials to devise new strategies and policies to save lives. Meta-leadership to build connectivity among agencies and partners, is critical for successful intervention.…

Crisis Standards of Care Spotlighted by ASPR

When crisis hits, healthcare professionals are charged with allocating scarce resources to achieve the greatest benefit to the population. This can require a shift from conventional standards of care to what are known as crisis standards of care. For example, nurse-to-patient ratios may be extended or certain segments of the population may have to receive priority access to a vaccine, or other medical resource. The ability to move quickly when…