On Demand: Disaster Recovery and Healthy, Resilient Communities

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After hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, planners have new understandings of disaster recovery Can post-disaster planning be a pathway to healthier, more sustainable and resilient communities? Find out how the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences took a new, health-sensitive look at resiliency.

You'll learn about:

  • The relationships among comprehensive planning, disaster recovery, planning for healthy communities, social factors, and population health
  • Overlapping policies, planning methods, and synergies, pre- and post-disaster


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About the Speakers

J. Barry Hokanson
J. Barry Hokanson, AICP, has more than 45 years of urban planning experience with agencies in California, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois concerning environmental and development regulations, building codes, transportation planning, strategic planning, community development, economic development, stormwater management, and post-disaster recovery planning. Prior to work as a subcontractor in FEMA’s community recovery program for Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and New York (2005 to 2014), Mr. Hokanson held executive positions in regions such as Kansas City, Chicago and Dallas. He is active in organizations such as the American Planning Association, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. In 2013 he was appointed to a committee of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, for Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s Public Health, Medical and Social Services. He also served as one of five authors of an APA guidebook on disaster recovery (PAS 576, published 2014). In 2015 Mr. Hokanson was elected chair of the new APA Division, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa.

Autumn Downey
Autumn S. Downey, Ph.D., is a program officer with the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She is currently serving as study director for two consensus studies — one on post-disaster recovery of community public health, medical and social services and the second on a learning health system for military and civilian trauma care. She is also the IOM representative on a National Research Council-IOM collaborative study on standards for the BioWatch program. She was formerly the study director for a consensus study on the occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure at the Department of Homeland Security. Her primary interests focus on health policy issues relating to all stages of the disaster cycle (public health preparedness, response and recovery), as well as the development of healthy and resilient communities. Dr. Downey received her Ph.D. in molecular microbiology and immunology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the school’s National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response. Prior to joining IOM, Dr. Downey was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Kirsten Wysen
Kirsten Wysen has been a Project Manager for Public Health-Seattle & King County in the Director’s Office since 2003. She is the Initiative Director for Communities of Opportunity, a partnership with The Seattle Foundation and Living Cities, to catalyze investment in cross-sector approaches to addressing community priorities in King County. She worked on the proposal and implementation of the $25 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from 2009 to 2012 and the earlier King County Overweight Prevention Initiative and the Children’s Health Initiative. From 2000 to 2003, she analyzed Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs for the National Academy for State Health Policy in Portland, Maine. Kirsten served as the Deputy Program Manager for the Washington State Basic Health Plan from 1995 to 1997 when it grew from 90,000 to 220,000 enrollees. She worked for the Washington State Health Services Commission on the implementation of Washington State’s health care reform law of 1993. She researched Medicare payment policies at the Medicare Payment Assessment Commission in Washington, DC before moving to Seattle. She graduated from Brown University and holds a masters degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.