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…

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…

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…

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…

Lushniak, NPLI Cohort V Alum, Serves as Acting SG

RADM Boris Lushniak, an alumnus of Cohort V of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, is serving as Acting Surgeon General of the United States. Lushniak is a Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and is in charge of USPHS’s operations. Lushniak recently issued the government’s 32nd report on tobacco noting that “one in three cancers is caused by tobacco or other smoking products.” We…

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…