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
  • 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.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • 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.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue