Nicole Errett

Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Adjunct Lecturer , Health Services
Dr. Nicole Errett is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her research interests and expertise are in the use of public policy to enhance health outcomes during and after disaster.

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.

Contact Information

Office: HSB 561E
Box: 357234
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-

Research Interests

  • Public health emergency preparedness. Health impacts of disaster. Community resilience. Public health policy. Healthcare emergency preparedness. Public health practice.

Teaching interests

ENVH 406/506: Disasters and Public Health
ENVH 473: Environmental Health Policy and Practice


PhD, Health and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
MSPH, Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 2011


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

Selected Publications

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]

Scott K*, Errett NA. Content, accessibility and dissemination of disaster information via social media during the 2016 Louisiana floods. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2018;24(4):370-379. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000708.
Errett NA, Thompson CB, Rutkow L, Garrity S, Stauss-Riggs K, Altman BA, Walsh L, Freeman JD, Balicer RD, Schor KW, Barnett DJ. Examining public health workers' perceptions toward participating in disaster recovery after hurricane sandy: A quantitative assessment. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016;10(3):371-377. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2016.23 [doi]. 
Errett NA, Frattaroli S, Barnett DJ, Resnick BA, Rutkow L. The use of exercises to enhance and assess interlocal collaboration in preparedness: A qualitative analysis. J Emerg Manag. 2015;13(6):499-508. doi: 10.5055/jem.2015.0259 [doi]. 
Marsteller JA, Wen M, Hsu YJ, Bauer LC, Schwann NM, Young CJ, Sanchez JA, Errett NA, Gurses AP, Thompson DA, Wahr JA, Martinez EA.. Safety culture in cardiac surgical teams: Data from five programs and national surgical comparison. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;100(6):2182-2189. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.05.109 [doi]. 
Errett NA, Egan S, Garrity S, Rutkow L, Walsh L, Thompson CB, Strauss-Riggs K, Altman B, Schor K, Barnett DJ.. Attitudinal determinants of local public health workers' participation in hurricane sandy recovery activities. Health Secur. 2015;13(4):267-273. doi: 10.1089/hs.2015.0004 [doi]. 
Errett NA, Frattaroli S, Resnick BA, Barnett DJ, Rutkow L. Interlocal collaboration and emergency preparedness: A qualitative analysis of the impact of the urban area security initiative program. Am J Disaster Med. 2014;9(4):297-308. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2014.0181 [doi]. 
Errett NA, Bowman C, Barnett DJ, Resnick BA, Frattaroli S, Rutkow L. Regional collaboration among urban area security initiative regions: Results of the Johns Hopkins Urban Area survey. Biosecur Bioterror. 2014;12(6):356-365. doi: 10.1089/bsp.2014.0057 [doi]. 
Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Semon NL, Flowers A, Errett NA, Links JM. Translating legal research on mental and behavioral health during emergencies for the public health workforce. Public Health Rep. 2014;129 Suppl 4:123-128. doi: 10.1177/00333549141296S416 [doi]. 
Harrison KL, Errett NA, Rutkow L, Thompson CB, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, Koch MM, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer JB, Storey D, Barnett DJ. An intervention for enhancing public health crisis response willingness among local health department workers: A qualitative programmatic analysis. Am J Disaster Med. 2014;9(2):87-96. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2014.0145 [doi]. 
Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Errett NA, Harrison KL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM, Storey JD.. EPPM and willingness to respond: The role of risk and efficacy communication in strengthening public health emergency response systems. Health Commun. 2014;29(6):598-609. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.785474 [doi]. 
Errett NA, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Tosatto R, Austin B, Schaffzin S, Ansari A, Semon NL, Balicer RD, Links JM. Assessment of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers' emergency response willingness using a threat- and efficacy-based model. Biosecur Bioterror. 2013;11(1):29-40. doi: 10.1089/bsp.2012.0047 [doi].
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