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Prescription for the 21st Century: Building Resilience to High-Impact Weather for Healthcare Facilities and Services
A Workshop of the American Meteorological Society
Dates: October 17-18, 2013
Location: American Association for the Advancement of
1200 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
2nd floor auditorium
Healthcare facilities and services provide one of the underpinnings for a thriving community therefore it is important to ensure their resilience to high-impact weather. Facilities such as hospitals, treatment centers, and long-term care residencies highlight the importance of structural integrity and safety for buildings while the necessity of healthcare services for patient well-being reflects the criticality of solid continuity of services.
While these issues are concerns within the healthcare industry, the broader network beyond is connected to building healthcare resilience. Involving stakeholders from the broader network is a systems approach to building healthcare resilience that has the capability of providing lasting improvements by including those with a role in the system and engaging them to partake in creating solutions.
This workshop addresses the goal of building resilience for healthcare facilities and services by engaging the insurance and healthcare accreditation sector as the stakeholders assessing associated risk; the development sector of city planners, building engineers, and land developers who decide on the vulnerability level of facilities; and the healthcare continuity of services sector focused on providing continuous care through pharmaceutical supplies, health IT, and health services. By convening these diverse but connected stakeholders, this workshop encourages collaborative discussion and promotes new knowledge and understanding of perspectives, ultimately exploring innovative systems solutions to building resilience to high-impact weather for healthcare facilities and service.