New IOM Activity to Explore Post-Disaster Recovery

Although reconstruction of physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and houses is often the most visible aspect of post-disaster recovery, reconstruction and improvement of public health, medical, and social services plays an important role in overall community recovery.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold the first meeting of the Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community's Public Health, Medical and Social Services on November 25, 2013 at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 5th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Open session will be from 1:00 - 5:15 p.m. EST. 
The committee will consider how to improve short, intermediate and long-term health outcomes in communities impacted by a catastrophic incident. The committee will investigate and identify key activities, recovery practices and novel programs that impact health outcomes in a community recovering from a disaster, and develop recommendations for their implementation. The activity is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.