Building a Resilient Workforce: Opportunities for the Department of Homeland Security – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 9 April 2012

Posted on April 10, 2012. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: , |

Building a Resilient Workforce: Opportunities for the Department of Homeland Security – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 9 April 2012

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“Every job can lead to stress for a variety of reasons. How a person responds to stress in the workplace can be determined by the workplace environment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised concerns that long-term exposures to stressors may reduce individual resilience and negatively affect employee’s physical and mental well-being. DHS employs a diverse staff that includes emergency responders, border patrol agents, federal airs marshals, and policy analysts.  These employees may be exposed to traumatic and disturbing information as part of their jobs. Additionally, many positions within DHS require employees to have a security clearance, which can make it difficult to seek assistance.

To explore DHS workforce resiliency, the IOM hosted two workshops in September and November 2011. The September workshop focused on DHS’s operational and law enforcement personnel, while the November workshop concentrated on DHS policy and program personnel with top secret security clearances. The workshop brought together an array of experts from various fields including resiliency research, occupation health psychology, and emergency response. This document summarizes the workshops.”

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Developing Psychosocial Resilience: How to cope in a crisis [eg pandemics] – UK Dept of Health – 16 December 2009

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Developing Psychosocial Resilience: How to cope in a crisis [eg pandemics] – UK Dept of Health

Document type: Guidance
Author: [UK] Department of Health
Published date: 16 December 2009

The audience for this training module will be:

•Members of Pandemic Influenza coordination committees
•Chief executives of health boards; health authorities & primary and secondary care organisations
•Staff working in Mental Health services
•Ambulance services/trusts
•Medical directors
•Nurse directors
•Heads of midwifery
•Directors of public health
•Directors of human resources
•Directors of workforce and organisational development
•Heads of occupational health departments
•Heads of clinical services
•SHA/LA Flu Leads, Emergency planners
•Primary & secondary care clinicians
•Local authorities
•Private & voluntary sector providers
•Allied Health Professionals Leads

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Applications of Social Network Analysis for Building Community Disaster Resilience: Workshop Summary – National Academies Press, 2009

Posted on July 23, 2009. Filed under: Disaster Management | Tags: , , , |

Applications of Social Network Analysis for Building Community Disaster Resilience: Workshop Summary – National Academies Press, 2009

“Social Network Analysis (SNA) is the identification of the relationships and attributes of members, key actors, and groups that social networks comprise. The National Research Council, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, held a two-day workshop on the use of SNA for the purpose of building community disaster resilience. The workshop, summarized in this volume, was designed to provide guidance to the DHS on a potential research agenda that would increase the effectiveness of SNA for improving community disaster resilience.

The workshop explored the state of the art in SNA and its applications in the identification, construction, and strengthening of networks within U.S. communities. Workshop participants discussed current work in SNA focused on characterizing networks; the theories, principles and research applicable to the design or strengthening of networks; the gaps in knowledge that prevent the application of SNA to the construction of networks; and research areas that could fill those gaps. Elements of a research agenda to support the design, development, and implementation of social networks for the specific purpose of strengthening community resilience against natural and human-made disasters were discussed.”

ISBN-10: 0-309-14094-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-14094-2

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