Serino Shares Best Practices in Public Health Preparedness and Response

NPLI Distinguished Fellow Richard Serino recently shared proven techniques for leaders to positively influence preparedness and response for public health emergencies. Given the worse-than-expected flu season, this advice could not be more timely. Among Serino’s advice was the importance of transparency when communicating with the public: tell them what you know, tell them what you don’t know, and tell them what you are doing to close the gap. Serino noted…

Remembering 9/11, 15 Years On

Every NPLI alumnus, faculty, and staff member has a connection to 9/11. Some were in at or close to sites of the attacks. Others were in the thick of the response and recovery efforts. While each anniversary of 9/11 is a time to pause and reflect, this one is generating greater interest in lessons learned and progress made in keeping the nation and its people safe. NPLI Founding Co-director Leonard…

Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events

NPLI program faculty member Suzet McKinney is among the authors of a new paper on the health and medical responses to active shooter and bombing events. The list of such events is, unfortunately, growing. Fortunately so too are the efforts of first responders, medical professionals, and policy makers to understand, share, and implement best practices that save lives. Terrorist attacks, including mass shootings and bombings, have dramatic physical and emotional…

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI participants, however, June marks the commencement of hurricane season. Leading the public is an essential component in preparing for large storms and resilience in their aftermath. Rich Serino, Cohort I, former Deputy Administrator at FEMA, and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI, recently sat down with Juliette Kayyem to discuss hurricane…

Team You Can Act Continues to Lead on Preparedness

The recent attacks in Brussels again surfaced the question of the role bystanders can play in an immediate response. In the United States, momentum continues to build for the deployment of bleeding control kits in public places so that average citizens can more readily assist in saving lives. Team You Can Act (Cohort XIII) ran a pilot of such a program just three weeks prior to the White House roll…

NPLI Faculty Visit Singapore

Barry Dorn, Eric McNulty, and Rich Serino traveled to Singapore in late January to conduct a meta-leadership training to help the nation’s military and civilian agencies better coordinate and collaborate on preparedness and response issues. A publication of the Singapore Ministry of Defence described it this way: To help senior officers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and various Government agencies come up with swift and effective inter-agency responses to…

NPLI Alums Lead “Stop the Bleed”

On October 6, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign was launched at a White House event attended by some 200 invited participants. According to a White House press release, the purpose of the campaign is “to provide people with the tools to stop life threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency.” The Bystander: Stop the Bleed Forum was introduced by Alice Hill (NPLI Cohort VIII), Senior Director for Resilience Policy,…

Redd to Head CDC’s OPHPR

As of January 1, 2015, Rear Admiral Stephen C. Redd, MD, (Cohort IV) will serve as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to an announcement from the agency. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Freiden said in the announcement: Dr. Redd’s leadership in helping prepare the US to respond to pandemic influenza, his epidemiological expertise, and his…

Leadership Lessons from Marathon Bombings, April 8

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region will present a symposium of the leadership lessons from the Boston Marathon on April 8, 2014 in Boston. The program will feature NPLI faculty as well as many of the front line leaders from the events that week. “There have been many meetings to look at the operational lessons learned,” said NPLI co-director Leonard Marcus. “We will examine…