In addition to our disaster response and preparedness and resilience programs, Healthcare Ready undertakes research on relvant and topical issues within the healthcare and public health preparedness and response field.
The field of pharmacy has been incredibly active in preparedness and response in recent years, developing novel resources and establishing and expanding public-private partnerships.
Our issue brief, Pharmacy and Emergency Preparedness: A Landscape Analysis, summarizes persistent and emerging challenges in the field as well as highlights novel resources and partnerships.
Read more about how pharmacies and pharmacists are becoming indispensable to emergency preparedness and response below.
As part of the research for this component, Healthcare Ready co-hosted a roundtable discussion event with HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The event brought public officials and retail and community pharmacy owners and operators, payers, healthcare preparedness experts and other pharmacy stakeholders together to discussion innovations in the field and emerging and persistent challenges.
Technologies to support healthcare delivery and education are evolving every day and revolutionizing patient care. Telehealth is on track to be a disruptive force in healthcare, bringing about major changes in the way care is provided. It also holds great potential for strengthening preparedness and increasing resilience.
Our issue brief on the topic, Telehealth's Applications for Preparedness and Response, lays out what telehealth is, how it is being used in the lifecycle of natural disaster response and public health emergencies, and specific challenges and barriers.
Read more about how telehealth is being used in emergency preparedness and response by clicking on the images below.
This ‘snapshot’ of telehealth highlights how telehealth is being
used in emergency preparedness and response and outlines
key policy considerations.
Extreme Weather Events and Public Health
Natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity, with researchers terming this phenomenon the new normal. Extreme weather events have significant public health consequences. Healthcare Ready developed a high-level primer on the ways in which extreme weather events impact public health, vulnerable populations, and healthcare operations.
Read the white paper: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Impacts on Public Health