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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness and Response Project

There are lessons learned from our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that may be utilized to strengthen America’s readiness and response to future public health crises. Precluding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), comprised of leading companies and organizations from virtually all health sectors, began analyzing how to improve the healthcare response to all disasters. Amid COVID-19, HLC has expanded its work and launched an initiative through its National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation platform, partnering with Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., to convene experts from government, industry, non-profit organizations and associations to develop recommendations to optimize public-private capabilities and strategies for developing systemic changes that will address future national crises.

This project will lead to a virtual summit meeting that will take place on October 29th, 2020. The objective is to reach a consensus on disaster readiness and response recommendations to be released in early 2021. Three workstreams are meeting monthly leading up to the summit. The concurrent workstreams will evaluate potential preparedness, response capabilities and opportunities for improvement.

Workstream 1: Innovation

Focused on vaccines, testing and supply chain readiness.

Workstream 2: Data and Evidence Generation

Focused on accurate, real-time data to support clinical and remote patient care, public health surveillance and biomedical innovation.

Workstream 3: Care Delivery

Focused on how to bolter care delivery. Examples include: through telemedicine, payment innovation and workforce resiliency.


The NDHI disaster preparedness and response steering committee are chaired by Calvin Schmidt, Johnson & Johnson, and consists of healthcare executives, including the workstream co-chairs, from multiple industry sectors.