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What You Can Do to Support Science Preparedness!

There are many ways that you can support Science Preparedness.  As a public health professional, clinical or scientific researcher, first-responder, research enthusiast or an individual interested in supporting your community and the advancement of science, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few examples of what you can do to get involved:

Public health professionals: Public health departments can develop and refine surveys, public health surveillance mechanisms, and other investigative tools that can improve the transition from public health practice to scientific research. When these systems are developed before a disaster, health departments are better positioned to extend short-term and acute practices into longitudinal studies than can inform communities on the long-term health effects resulting from a disaster. This provides a means to better inform real-time and future preparedness, response and recovery.

Clinical / Scientific Researchers: The advancement of scientific research begins before the disaster. This is achieved through the development and sustainment of pre-identified scientific research responders and research networks, and pre-scripted clinical and scientific research protocols. In addition, pre-disaster familiarization with Federal support mechanisms such as the Public Health Emergency Research Review Board (PHERRB) is critical.

First-Responders: The integration of scientific research into rapid response efforts can enhance evidence-based decision making without compromising life-saving efforts. This is achieved through the use the socialization and integration of a science-response into the first-response. The results are improved mechanisms to enhance responder and community health and safety before, during and after disasters.

Research Enthusiasts / Individuals: Have you ever thought of yourself as a scientist? The new and evolving concept of Citizen Science is here and the opportunity for citizens to support scientists through crowdsourcing and crowdfunding is growing. This approach has been successful in astronomy, ornithology, and other field sciences. Talk with local health agencies and academic institutions about how you may be able to get involved by providing or collecting data that are funneled to their researchers.

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  • This page last reviewed: May 13, 2015