Jonathan Fielding, LA County’s Public Health Director is a very smart man. Here is what he said today: The National Health Security Strategy’s community resilience aims has “so many pieces that are difficult to operationalize.” Here are examples he gave:
- “Prevent, withstand, and mitigate the stress of a health incident”; How much mitigation? What is stress?
- “Recover in a way that restores the community to a state of self-sufficiency and at least the same level of health and social functioning after a health incident”; when has a community reached self-sufficiency again? What is the time-span for this to occur? How do we know the “new normalcy” when it arrives?
- “Use knowledge from a past response to strengthen the community’s ability to withstand the next health incident”; what will count as strengthening? How much withstanding must be achieved? Again, what is the timespan here?