Public Health in a Migrant Crisis Tabletop Exercise

October 8, 2024 - October 10, 2024

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A police officer briefs a classroom filled with a mixture of military and civilian personnel.
Insp. James Grady, assistant division commander, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, Michigan State Police, addresses approximately 150 personnel representing more than 40 military, local government, and civilian agencies Oct. 23, 2019 near the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, during a mid-planning meeting to strengthen relationships and coordination ahead of exercise Northern Exposure 20/Rising Waters 2020 (Michigan National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton).


In 2022, there were over 100 million displaced persons globally, a number that only continues to grow. Because one region’s instability bleeds into its surrounding areas, it is all too easy to form a large-scale migration crisis when left unchecked by external intervention.

U.S. military forces have often been tasked to support such humanitarian relief operations, as in the cases of Nepal in 2015 and continual deployments in South America, to provide medical assistance.  While operating a migrant camp is generally not a long-term U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mission, there are instances where DoD personnel will support populations in need, especially for healthcare and logistics.

This training will address several scenarios in which DoD and interagency forces may be called upon to provide support to a displaced person’s camp.  Attendees will gain insight into the nuances of caring for a population in this environment.  This will be a hands-on working group with scenario-based exercises.  Learning objectives include the following:

  • Managing cultural sensitivities in a displaced population
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Women’s health
  • Vector control
  • Nongovernmental organization interaction
  • Establishing relationships with camp personnel and residents
  • Empowering camp residents
  • Pediatric, geriatric, and other populations


There is no charge to attend this course, but space is limited.

To register, please click the link below.


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