Faculty Mentor

Rosalee Allan

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-18-2020


Health Services Administration


This research is intended to educate the public health industry on the need for better crisis leadership preparations. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a national training program mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The program focuses primarily on Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. NIMS is formatted in a way that the information can be used across a wide array of organization types. The Incident Command System (ICS) of NIMS has a "military-style, command-and-control model traditionally seen in emergency services and not in public health” (Kohn, Barnett, Galastri, Semon, & Links, 2010). NIMS prepares public health leaders in the roles and organization of ICS sufficiently, but does not address specific challenges that incident response leaders face. It is critical that public health leaders are adequately prepared for an emergency situation to ensure that public health leaders are capable of working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Better preparation standards have the potential to improve collaboration, communication, and save lives.

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