Emergency PreparednessPublic health officials play a vital role in emergencies, working to prevent disease, support the health care delivery system, and protect the safety of other emergency personnel. Health care coalitions work to coordinate information sharing, resources and support health care response. Recent catastrophic events in the United States–including terrorist attacks, disease outbreaks and natural disasters–have underscored the importance of mounting an effective public health response to emergencies.
JSI provides technical assistance on all aspects of public health emergency preparedness and response. JSI works with state and local emergency officials and health and public health coalitions to develop and exercise plans and implement health-focused hazard vulnerability assessments and jurisdictional risk assessments (HVAs/JRAs) to augment local preparedness and resilience. JSI’s involvement with local preparedness and response efforts informs its work on the national level.
JSI helps clients strengthen capacity in areas such as community preparedness, infectious disease surveillance, emergency public information and warning systems, medical surge and countermeasures dispensing, non-pharmaceutical interventions, and volunteer management through the provision of Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercises and skills-based training programs. JSI’s Incident Command System- and HSEEP-certified staff lend public health expertise to emergency preparedness planning, facilitation, training, communications, and systems development.
In Sierra Leone, JSI is strengthening critical community-based health services post-Ebola, with emphasis on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and demand generation.
JSI is training health workers to prevent cross-border transmission of infectious diseases.
JSI managed a stockpile of outbreak response commodities, and provided procurement and distribution services to respond to outbreaks from avian flu to ebola worldwide and to pre-position supplies at regional and country levels for rapid deployment.
JSI and USAID partner to launch an innovative campaign to teach at-risk children how to protect themselves against a potential avian influenza outbreak.