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Translating Battlefield Practices to Disaster Health

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 February 2017

Kandra Strauss-Riggs*
The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc, and National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, Maryland
Kevin Yeskey
MBD, Inc, Washington, DC
Aubrey Miller
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
Stacey Arnesen
Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
Craig Goolsby
National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, Maryland, and Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
Correspondence and reprint requests to Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, Operations Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1000, Rockville, MD 20852 (e-mail:


We review aspects of the recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury most relevant to disaster health, particularly the concepts of focused empiricism and building a learning health system. The article references battlefield success utilizing these concepts and the emerging Disaster Research Response Program. We call upon disaster health researchers to apply the report’s recommendations to their work. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;11:510–511)

Concepts in Disaster Medicine
Copyright © Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 2017 

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