NASEM Workshop Summary: Preparing for a Rapid Response to Major Marine Oil Spills: Protecting and Assessing the Health and Well-Being of Communities

This article summarizes a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) workshop, held August 2-3, 2017, exploring research needs and opportunities for improving public health preparedness, response, and protection related to oil spills. The workshop speakers and participants represented a range of stakeholders including public health workers, oil spill practitioners, disaster researchers, and leaders from affected communities. Topics addressed during the workshop included: the federal response framework, community health impacts, challenges to incorporating community well-being into oil spill response, and potential opportunities to expand the scope of oil spill response. Potential opportunities suggested were: (1) Aligning policies, funding, and systems; (2) Improving communications and building trust; (3) Including communities in planning and response efforts; and (4) Improved understanding of oil spill science, impacts, and mitigation strategies.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 21-25
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 313
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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  • Accession Number: 01661868
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 5 2018 11:34AM