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The academic health center in complex humanitarian emergencies: lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Acad Med. 2012 Nov; 87(11):1609-15.AM

Abstract

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The event disrupted infrastructure and was marked by extreme morbidity and mortality. The global response to the disaster was rapid and immense, comprising multiple actors-including academic health centers (AHCs)-that provided assistance in the field and from home. The authors retrospectively examine the multidisciplinary approach that the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) applied to postearthquake Haiti, which included the application of institutional structure and strategy, systematic deployment of teams tailored to evolving needs, and the actual response and recovery. The university mobilized significant human and material resources for deployment within 48 hours and sustained the effort for over four months. In partnership with international and local nongovernmental organizations as well as other AHCs, the UCM operated one of the largest and more efficient acute field hospitals in the country. The UCM's efforts in postearthquake Haiti provide insight into the role AHCs can play, including their strengths and limitations, in complex disasters. AHCs can provide necessary intellectual and material resources as well as technical expertise, but the cost and speed required for responding to an emergency, and ongoing domestic responsibilities, may limit the response of a large university and hospital system. The authors describe the strong institutional backing, the detailed predeployment planning and logistical support UCM provided, the engagement of faculty and staff who had previous experience in complex humanitarian emergencies, and the help of volunteers fluent in the local language which, together, made UCM's mission in postearthquake Haiti successful.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23018336

Citation

Babcock, Christine, et al. "The Academic Health Center in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Lessons Learned From the 2010 Haiti Earthquake." Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, vol. 87, no. 11, 2012, pp. 1609-15.
Babcock C, Theodosis C, Bills C, et al. The academic health center in complex humanitarian emergencies: lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Acad Med. 2012;87(11):1609-15.
Babcock, C., Theodosis, C., Bills, C., Kim, J., Kinet, M., Turner, M., Millis, M., Olopade, O., & Olopade, C. (2012). The academic health center in complex humanitarian emergencies: lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 87(11), 1609-15. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e31826db6a2
Babcock C, et al. The Academic Health Center in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Lessons Learned From the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Acad Med. 2012;87(11):1609-15. PubMed PMID: 23018336.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The academic health center in complex humanitarian emergencies: lessons learned from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. AU - Babcock,Christine, AU - Theodosis,Christian, AU - Bills,Corey, AU - Kim,Jimin, AU - Kinet,Melodie, AU - Turner,Madeleine, AU - Millis,Michael, AU - Olopade,Olufunmilayo, AU - Olopade,Christopher, PY - 2012/9/29/entrez PY - 2012/9/29/pubmed PY - 2013/1/3/medline SP - 1609 EP - 15 JF - Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges JO - Acad Med VL - 87 IS - 11 N2 - On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. The event disrupted infrastructure and was marked by extreme morbidity and mortality. The global response to the disaster was rapid and immense, comprising multiple actors-including academic health centers (AHCs)-that provided assistance in the field and from home. The authors retrospectively examine the multidisciplinary approach that the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) applied to postearthquake Haiti, which included the application of institutional structure and strategy, systematic deployment of teams tailored to evolving needs, and the actual response and recovery. The university mobilized significant human and material resources for deployment within 48 hours and sustained the effort for over four months. In partnership with international and local nongovernmental organizations as well as other AHCs, the UCM operated one of the largest and more efficient acute field hospitals in the country. The UCM's efforts in postearthquake Haiti provide insight into the role AHCs can play, including their strengths and limitations, in complex disasters. AHCs can provide necessary intellectual and material resources as well as technical expertise, but the cost and speed required for responding to an emergency, and ongoing domestic responsibilities, may limit the response of a large university and hospital system. The authors describe the strong institutional backing, the detailed predeployment planning and logistical support UCM provided, the engagement of faculty and staff who had previous experience in complex humanitarian emergencies, and the help of volunteers fluent in the local language which, together, made UCM's mission in postearthquake Haiti successful. SN - 1938-808X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23018336/The_academic_health_center_in_complex_humanitarian_emergencies:_lessons_learned_from_the_2010_Haiti_earthquake_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e31826db6a2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -