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Harvard: Program Trains Leaders to Respond to Disasters

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) at Harvard University is a collaborative effort of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School. The initiative was established in 2003 in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.

The NPLI is a leadership training program dedicated to preparing those who lead in safety and security, preparedness, response, and recovery. More than 700 executive education NPLI alumni help lead federal, state, and local government agencies as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. Thousands more have attended NPLI workshops, seminars, and other training programs. By design, it is a multi-agency, multi-sector program designed to foster connectivity across the many entities involved in major incidents.

The program is built on the framework and practice method of Meta-Leadership that combines conceptual rigor with pragmatic insights developed through field research on events from Hurricane Katrina to the Boston Marathon bombings to infectious disease outbreaks.

The NPLI is co-directed by Leonard Marcus, and Barry Dorn, associate director, both lecturers on public health practice at Harvard Chan School.

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