Managing Public Health During a Migration Crisis

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Presented: June 13, 2024 12:00 pm
Presented by: John Clements

In February 2024, the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) lead a Table Top Exercise (TTX) in support of military physicians in a residency program.  During this program, students obtained their master’s in public health, and the program leadership identified a need for TTX-style exercises to build upon an understanding the material.

HDIAC developed a scenario which led to a humanitarian disaster in the Caucasus region.  Through a United Nations request, U.S. forces intervened to assist with limited medical care and logistics.  Students examined a variety of issues through the lens of working with a different culture and in a setting where they only served in an advisory role.  Lectures were provided to set the stage for a discussion of the scenario through four phases.  Students also reviewed an existing, real-world camp to appreciate the way a camp is designed and functions.

The exercise culminated with students splitting into three groups and addressing an issue within the notional camp.  Students back-briefed the group on their plan.

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Scenario baseline
  • Public health in a migrant/refugee crisis
  • Breakdown of phases
  • Major concerns in a migrant/refugee crisis
  • Breakout scenarios and back briefs

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