Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Researchers Studying SARS CoV-2 Transmission and Risk Mitigation While Flying

Boston, MA (September, 2, 2020– In order to provide evidence-based recommendations on strategies and practices to reduce the public health risks of flying during the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty at  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are conducting research to improve understanding of measures that reduce risks of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the aviation system. The Aviation Public Health Initiative (APHI) includes a team of environmental, infectious disease, and social scientists…

NPLI Faculty Comment on COVID19 Response

NPLI faculty members Lenny Marcus, Eric McNulty, and Rich Serino have all been active commenting on the COVID19 response in the media and through webinars and other channels. We will keep an update list of these appearances here. Some are behind paywalls and that is beyond our control. In summary, their guidance is: Leadership matters: At times of great turbulence, it falls to leaders to set the tone and tempo…

White House Leadership Development Program

The WH LDP hosts a yearly symposium bringing together thought leaders from across government, academia, and the private sector.  This year’s symposium focused on Leading Transformation in the U.S. Government. Opening remarks were provided by Dustin S. Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, and concluded with remarks from Amy Bontrager, WHLD Program Director. The symposium brought…

NPLI EEP Cohort XVIII Addresses Major Challenges

The concluding session of the NPLI’s Executive Education Program Cohort 18 was held on the Harvard campus on June 18-21, 2019. Participants returned for engaging sessions with guest speakers as well as to present their meta-leadership team projects. NPLI EEP team projects provide participants the opportunity to practice the meta-leadership concepts, skills, tools, and techniques presented in the opening session in December 2018. Each team is charged with making tangible…

The Most Frightening Threat Yet? An NPLI Team Explores What to Do

Not everyone is familiar with a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Those who are can lose sleep over them. An EMP could result from significant solar activity or the intentional work of a malicious actor. No matter the cause, the effects would be extraordinary: the power grid would go down and anything with unshielded electronic components–from vehicles to ATMs to the cell phones–over a wide area would be permanently damaged.…

Dr Gregory Ciottone Named WADEM President

Dr. Gregory Ciottone, who serves as the NPLI’s director of medical preparedness, has been named incoming president of WADEM, the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine at their recent conference in Brisbane, Australia. Ciottone  also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he works clinically in the Department of…

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…