Report on the Domestic Natural Disaster Health Workforce
Final rept. Nov 2010-Nov 2011
NATIONAL CENTER FOR DISASTER MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH ROCKVILLE MD
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The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health ncdmph.usuhs.edu prepared this report to describe selected aspects of the health professions workforce who would respond to a catastrophic domestic natural disaster. The report analyzes core Federal departments supporting Emergency Support Function 8 ESF8, Public Health and Medical Services, of the National Response Framework examines three key occupational sub-groups first at the National level then the State California and local level Los Angeles emergency and critical care physicians, emergency and critical-care nurses, and paramedics uses a pilot case study focusing on a theoretical major earthquake scenario in the southern California region to describe the anticipated local, State, and Federal ESF8 workforce responding to the fictional earthquake and incorporates feedback from a multi-stakeholder conference. Recommendations are provided regarding double counting of responders, volunteer failure to respond, an aging medical workforce, human capital development, personnel asset visibility, readiness, deployment of subunits, and updating and expanding the current report. The understanding of the who of the workforce provides the skeleton for appending the what of competencies and standards and the how of curricula. This report informs Federal partners as they seek to develop supporting policies, plans, programs, and exercises.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research