The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ORAU a contract to develop a public health emergency response and recovery rapid assessment framework (RAF) for the assessment of HHS public health emergency response and recovery capabilities. The OIG’s goal is to develop a method to provide more timely information on HHS emergency response and recovery efforts so that HHS leaders can use this information to implement recommendations for improvement and be better prepared for future emergencies that may occur soon after the last event.
Leading the work is Julie Crumly, Ph.D., ORAU research and evaluation specialist and senior scientist alongside Dr. Deborah Levy, Captain, United States Public Health Services, Retired and Keith Hansen, MBA.
Deborah Levy, Ph.D., MPH, is chair and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health. Previously, she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, deployed on over 10 missions, served as the acting director of the Strategic National Stockpile, and led the Healthcare Preparedness Activity at the CDC.
Mr. Hansen currently serves as the Incident Commander for UNMC’s response to the COVID-19 event, teaches Emergency Preparedness at UNMC, and assists UNMC with business continuity and emergency response planning. He has previously served as the ESF-8 coordinator for the state of Nebraska and developed and implemented Nebraska’s Strategic National Stockpile program.
The HHS OIG is responsible for the oversight of HHS emergency response and recovery activities.
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