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The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times

Joshua M. Sharfstein


Firefighters fight fires. Police officers race to crime scenes, sirens blaring. And health officials? Health officials respond to crises. There are infectious disease crises, budget crises, environmental health crises, human resources crises—and many more. At such critical moments, what happens next really matters. A strong response can generate greater credibility and authority for a health agency and its leadership, while a bungled response can lead to humiliation and even resignation. Health officials must be able to manage and communicate effectively as emotions run high, communities becom ... More

Keywords: crisis, public health, health officials, catastrophe, historical perspective, managerial, strategy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190697211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, author
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Training; Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University