Irwin Redlener, MD and David Abramson, PhD MPH of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) and Stephen Flynn of Northeastern University’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security hosted “After Superstorm Sandy: Lessons Learned for Bolstering the Resilience of Health Systems and Services” on December 3rd, 2013 at Columbia University.

The day-long event focused on the capacity of health systems and services at local, state, and regional levels to prepare for and recover from disasters. Roundtable participants discussed Sandy as a “teachable moment,” considering lessons learned that can lead to developing new tools, processes, policies, and incentives for bolstering system and service resilience.

The event was the third of four forums funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, each in collaboration with a different academic expert. The series examined ways that cities can enhance the resilience of key systems or sectors, including transportation, energy, health, and risk management. NCDP and the Kostas Research Institute will produce a report based on this event, and there will be a synthesizing report at the end of the series.

Attendees included high-ranking federal, state, and local officials, leaders from local healthcare systems, and public health experts from other coastal cities. Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial (Crown, 2013), also provided a keynote address.

Read the Conference Synopsis and Conference Agenda.

Panels were comprised of the following individuals:

David Abramson

National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University

Paul Biddinger

Vice Chair for Emergency Preparedness
Massachusetts General Hospital

Allison Blake

New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Arturo Brito

Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Services
New Jersey Department of Health

Dennis Dowling

Senior Vice-President, Ambulatory Services
North Shore-LIJ Health System

Sheri Fink

New America Foundation
, Five Days at Memorial (Crown, 2013)

Lewis R. Goldfrank

Herbert W. Adams Professor
Chair of Emergency Medicine

New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center

Beverly Grossman

Senior Policy Director
Community Health Care Association of New York State

Jerome Hauer

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Gary Kalkut

Senior Vice-President, Network Integration
Associate Chief Clinical Officer

NYU Langone Medical Center

Ali Khan

Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mary Landry

Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Resilience Policy
National Security Staff
The White House

Nicole Lurie

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Alonzo Plough

Los Angeles County Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program

Ross Wilson

Senior Vice-President/Chief Medical Officer
New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

Howard Zucker

First Deputy Commissioner
New York State Department of Health