Lauren Walsh is the Regional Systems Program Manager for the National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) at the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In this role, she aims to improve the nation’s overall healthcare preparedness through the maturation of regionally shared specialized clinical capabilities, improved situational awareness, and collaborative training and exercises. She is particularly interested in broad, systems-based improvements and the relationship between day-to-day healthcare risk reduction efforts and building capacity and capability for disaster response. Before joining HPP, Lauren worked on a number of preparedness and response portfolios at HHS, within the US Department of Defense, and outside the federal government. She has published on the topics of health care surge capacity, crisis risk communication, personal health security, and building community resilience. Lauren has a Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Columbia University and is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
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