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Suggested Citation:"Letter from the Co-Chairs." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies: 2022 Annual Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27374.
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Suzet M. McKinney, W. Craig Dr.PH., M.P.H. Vanderwagen, (Co-Chair) M.D., RADM, Principal, Director USPHS of Life Sciences, (Co-Chair) Sterling Bay Co-Founder and Director, East West Protection, LLC Letter from the Co-Chairs In many ways, 2022 was a celebration of renewal for the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies. In May 2022, the forum hosted its first in-person event, Future Planning for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Enterprise: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Workshop, following more than 2 years of virtual meetings as members juggled the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing challenges related to health care and public health service delivery, and the recurrent incidence of disasters around the country. In July 2022, the forum came together for an in-person session and considered an agenda for the coming year of diverse and interesting topics to blend continued progress coming into the post-COVID-19 universe with a return to the exploration of critical issues that have always been a hallmark of the forum’s collaborative efforts. In 2022 the forum was also able to review the active use of crisis standards of care (CSC), a major product of the forum and two of its clinical leaders. Many lessons were observed and improvements developed for this critical resource sparing strategy under surge circumstances. As the forum closed out 2022, it opened nominations for new appointed members and saw one of the largest and broadest pools of nominees in its history, perhaps reflecting the increased interest in the health security and preparedness space given the experience of the past few years. As co-chairs, it has been our pleasure to collaborate with all of the forum members, friends of the forum, and other partners in this renewal and refocusing of its collective efforts on the challenges facing the nation and communities. As we move forward into a new year, our hope is that the forum continues to explore critical preparedness issues that are core to the survival of the most vulnerable among us. Let us not forget that disasters are unpredictable, so our work may never be completely done. Progress is also success, as it enables us to continue to learn and to do better with each new challenge. We are grateful for the time, talent, and resources that forum members continuously contribute to maintaining our shared space and to advancing this work together. 2  |  2022 Annual Report

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The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies convenes public- and private-sector leaders to improve the nation’s preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters, public health emergencies, and emerging threats. The forum fosters in-depth policy discussion and collaboration to identify barriers and explore solutions to ensure and sustain national security, promote recovery, and enhance resilience. This publication describes the activities of the forum during 2022.

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