Integration of Social Determinants of Community Preparedness and Resiliency in 21st Century Emergency Management Planning [open html - 58KB]
"The United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently adopted a 'whole of community' approach in its strategic planning and response to catastrophic events. However, most traditional emergency preparedness models and practices do not sufficiently consider underlying social conditions and dynamics that are not only predictive of population health but also of behaviors that potentially influence the community resiliency. This is not limited to consideration of public social cohesiveness, health equity, economic conditions, and political capital. These and other 'social determinants of community preparedness and resiliency' must thoughtfully be considered in all aspects of emergency management planning in the coming decades. Deeper understanding of community social and economic dynamics will allow for better coordination with other emerging federal agency initiatives and policies. This entails refocusing on language, culture, socio-economic, geographic, and community status to attain true 'whole of community' engagement."
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Homeland Security Affairs Journal: http://www.hsaj.org/
Homeland Security Affairs (August 2012), v.8, article 14