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Next Hot Topics: Incident Command Decision Making

In the January Hot Topics, representatives from state and local health jurisdictions deconstruct their decision-making processes to activate Incident Command, respond to emergencies, and ensure business continuity.

In the January Hot Topics, representatives from state and local health jurisdictions will deconstruct their decision-making processes to activate Incident Command, respond to emergencies, and ensure business continuity.

January 7, 2013

Because obvious public health emergencies like catastrophic storms disrupt the daily activities of a health department, leaders and managers often use the Incident Command System to organize resources in these situations. But, how do public health leaders determine when a routine incident evolves into a more complicated situation that requires activating Incident Command? In the January Hot Topics, representatives from state and local health jurisdictions deconstruct their decision-making processes to activate Incident Command, respond to emergencies, and ensure business continuity.

A team from Washington State and the CDC lead off the discussion by describing the algorithm they developed to help public health executives address situations that blur the line between the routine and non-routine.

A team from Idaho’s Central District Health Department then explain how they used Incident Command to manage a prolonged syphilis outbreak. They also compare and contrast this experience with managing shorter incidents and speak to the common command structure challenge of managing role dynamics.

Register now to learn important leadership strategies for preparing and responding to public health incidents.

Incident Command Decision Making for Public Health Leaders

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PT)

Intended Audiences:

  • Executives, directors, and managers in public health organizations
  • Local and state public health practitioners
  • Emergency Preparedness staff

Presenters:

Rob Howarth, MS, Environmental Health and Preparedness Division Director, Idaho Central District Health Department

Dave Kennedy, Division of Emergency Operations, CDC

Jefferson Ketchel, MA, Administrator, Grant County Health District, Washington

Kimberly Link, ScM, Communicable Disease Program Manager, Idaho Central District Health Department

Jennifer Tebaldi, BS, MBA, Assistant Secretary, Disease Control and Health Statistics, Washington State Department of Health

 

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