Errett NA, Tanner A, Shen X, Chang S. Assessing the impacts of maritime disruption transportation to hospital-based acute healthcare supplies and personnel in coastal communities. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. [in press]
Dr. Errett co-founded and co-directs the ColLABorative on Extreme Event Resilience (CEER), a network of public health researchers, practitioners and community scientists who collaborate to address real world challenges that impact our communities’ resilience to disasters and the acute impacts of climate change. Her commitment to community relevant, translatable research is grounded in nearly a decade of practical experience in public health and healthcare emergency preparedness and management. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Policy and Legislative Director at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Evaluation and Assessment Manager at the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.
Dr. Errett holds a PhD in Health and Public Policy, an MSPH in Health Policy, and a BA in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She completed post-doctoral training in coastal community resilience at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Errett is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Scholar and a 2018 National Academies Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellow.
- Public health emergency preparedness. Health impacts of disaster. Community resilience. Public health policy. Healthcare emergency preparedness. Public health practice.
ENVH 473: Environmental Health Policy and Practice
Dr. Errett’s research projects examine how public policy solutions can be used to minimize health impacts of disasters. Current projects include:
Building back “better”: How do state policies and plans enable health and well being in post-disaster recovery?
When the immediate response to a disaster is over and the media goes home, affected communities are often left to grapple with negative impacts to their health and wellbeing. Disaster recovery strategies implemented by state governments have the potential to mitigate such impacts while fostering strategic health-promoting reinvestment and reconstruction. Yet, there is little understanding of whether and how state-level policies and implementation plans require health and well being to be considered in the recovery process.
This research will explore whether and how current state laws that authorize recovery programs and state plans that guide their implementation require or encourage activities that enable health and well being. This research will systematically identify state laws that authorize disaster recovery programs and analyze them to identify required interventions that enable health and wellbeing. State disaster recovery plans, or voluntary strategies that describe how states will implement recovery activities, will also be analyzed to describe proposed implementation of activities that enable health and wellbeing.
Dr. Errett works with undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to public health preparedness and response. Examples of topics of mentored student projects include:
• Social media use during the 2016 Louisiana flooding event
• Print-based media communication to non-English speaking populations during heat and wildfire events
• Barriers and facilitators to opiate treatment program preparedness in King County
• Role of community health boards in building community resilience