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Suggested Citation:"Areas of Interest." 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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Areas of Interest The forum identifies and elevates critical interest areas in medical and public health emergency preparedness and response proactively with a focus on bridging the gaps among research, policy, and practice. The areas of interest for 2022 included: Health Security Medical and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems Health security focuses on ongoing efforts to Medical and public health emergency accelerate progress toward a world safe and preparedness and response systems are critical secure from emerging infectious diseases and other for safeguarding communities from the impacts threats. The forum will concentrate its discussion of disasters and health emergencies. The forum on strengthening the U.S. health care and public will center its attention on ways to improve health systems’ capacity to detect, prevent, plan for, preparedness and response systems through respond to, and recover from naturally occurring innovative models, building capacities and outbreaks and intentional or accidental releases of capabilities, novel partnerships, and lessons dangerous pathogens. learned from past disasters and emergencies. Equity and Access Public–Private Partnerships Equity and access ensure that communities and Public–private partnerships (PPPs) leverage individuals are treated with fairness and provided strengths, expertise, and resources of both public equitable access to essential medical and public (i.e., government entities) and private (i.e., health services, resources, and opportunities, businesses, industries, and non-profit organizations) regardless of background, socioeconomic sectors to address societal challenges. The forum status, race, gender, or other characteristics. The will center its discussion on meaningful health care forum will explore opportunities and barriers to and public health PPPs and opportunities to deliver enhancing individual and community-level access efficient and effective solutions that benefit the by focusing on health equity as a central pillar for public before, during, and after health emergencies. preparedness, response, and recovery, working with non-traditional and underrepresented groups and exploring special considerations needed to strengthen communities after a health emergency. 4  |  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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