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... As a result, workshop participants stressed the need for enhanced collaboration and coordination among all stakeholders involved in disaster preparedness and response, in order to translate current policies into more concrete and effective 1This chapter was prepared by Melissa Cole from the transcript of the meeting. The discussions were edited and organized around major themes to provide a more readable summary and to eliminate duplication of topics.
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... The Department of Health and Human Services has taken this a step further by incorporating both hospital and public health preparedness standards into their emergency preparedness grants, thereby emphasizing the importance of integrating health care systems' response plans with local jurisdictions' plans. According to William Raub, of the Department of Health and Human Services, the goals of the preparedness grants are to improve the nation's response capabilities in bioterrorism and other disasters, while correcting decades of neglect in the public health infrastructure.
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... Samuel Wilson, of the NIEHS, stressed the need for the academic and scientific communities to develop a standardized occupational safety framework for emergency responders that addresses issues like training, medical surveillance, protective equipment, and decontamination. While many workshop participants discussed the importance of creating interdisciplinary, multi-level plans to respond to disasters, Rae Zimmerman, of New York University, emphasized addressing health risks through changes in engineering and infrastructure.
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... Broadcast media are the fastest and most widespread method for circulating important public health information during crises; therefore, working effectively with the media is essential to successful communication and response. On the other hand, members of the media may lack the background knowledge to immediately understand the scientific or technical issues involved in many disasters; therefore, Gerberding noted the importance of educating journalists so as to avoid misinformation.
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... In addition, without a centralized mental health care system for children in the United States, treatment and services are currently scattered throughout numerous systems: schools, state and local health departments, child welfare services, and primary health care providers. As a result, the needs of this voiceless population are often underserved.
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... . · The need to engage the private sector in preparedness planning and com munication channels for access to information in order to safeguard individuals at work (p.

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