Public health practice and disaster resilience: a framework integrating resilience as a worker protection strategy.
Reissman-DB; Kowalski-Trakofler-KM; Katz-CL
Resilience and Mental Health: Challenges Across the Lifespan. Southwick, SM; Litz BT, Charney D, Friedman MJ, eds., Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2011 Jan; :340-358
The tools for impacting resilience at the workforce (population) level share strategies with those used for occupational health and safety and public health practice, such as leadership training, public education, worker training, legislation, engineering design codes and standards, land use management, and research regarding human behavior and intervention effectiveness. During the pre-event period, workers must acquire and maintain appropriate education, training, and certification (credentials) specific to their potential deployment roles. Medical, emotional, and cognitive readiness are important dimensions of workforce health protection planning. This may be enhanced by improving coping skills through training and by building social support networks before the disaster strikes. Leadership training is a critical element of force protection as team cohesion, buddy relations, and operations are all leadership dependent.
Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Psychological-processes; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-responses; Public-health; Stress; Training
Book or book chapter
Southwick-SM; Litz-BT; Charney-D; Friedman-MJ
Resilience and Mental Health: Challenges Across the Lifespan