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As emergency situations become increasingly complex, decision makers in emergency management networks need tools to improve how they respond to these situations. Using the lens of complexity theory and social network analysis, we undertook a qualitative study of health emergency management organizations in Ontario. We explored how these networks are structures, and how they interact, when emergencies arise. By better understanding these network dynamics leaders can optimize the functioning of these networks before, during and after an emergency response. The results of this study will be presented and the implications discussed.
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Presenters: Dr. Brian Schwartz and Thomas Dashwood
Dr. Brian Schwartz is the Chief of Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario.
Thomas Dashwood is a third year medical student and LEAD Scholar at the University of Toronto. He is interested in health systems, particularly from a public health perspective. Specifically, he is interested in disaster management, communicable disease and metabolic and nutritional disease.
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