Expert Panel to Study Disasters' Mental Health Impacts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it is asking a group of national experts to develop recommendations within six months for "protecting, preserving and restoring individual and community mental health in catastrophic events." The goal is to lessen substance use and health problems, such as stress, insomnia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which increase during and after disasters and other public health and medical emergencies.

"The long-term goal is to enhance capability at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels for addressing the psychological consequences of disasters," said Dr. Daniel Dodgen, director of the Office for At Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Human Services Coordination, which is part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He is executive director of the new Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee of the agency's National Biodefense Science Board.

"We all can experience psychological consequences during and after a disaster, and there are things that can be done to mitigate these effects and improve our overall response and recovery," said Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, who chairs the board.

After the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee submits its recommendations, the board will make recommendations to the HHS secretary. The board was set up at the direction of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 to advise the secretary on preparation and response to chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological health emergencies. For information about the board and the subcommittee, visit www.hhs.gov/aspr/omsph/nbsb/.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
TenCate FR Technology

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020

    Featuring:

    • FACILITY SECURITY
      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
    • HAND PROTECTION
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
    • COVID-19 MANAGEMENT
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue