Third National Congress on Health System Readiness
The American Medical Association (AMA) in conjunction with the Health and Human Services Office of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise convened the Third National Congress on Health System Readiness on Dec. 1-3, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the AMA in cooperation with partners from all sectors, the Third National Congress focused on establishing a framework for catastrophic health events - distinct from day-to-day clinical and public health interactions - that enables all health professionals to appropriately respond in a disaster or other public health emergency.
- Integrate lessons from recent public health emergencies - such as 2009 H1N1 influenza, terrorist attacks and natural disasters - into clinical and public health practice.
- Advance health systems to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other public health emergencies appropriately.
- Develop a distinct educational framework for all health professionals to ascribe to in catastrophic events.
The AMA acknowledges the following organizations and agencies for their generous support of the Third National Congress:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Injury Response
Collaborative Fusion, Inc.
Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise
National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Inc.