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Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak

A Guide to Planning from the Schoolhouse to the White House

Medical experts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic provide recommendations for governments, health agencies, and schools to prepare for the next outbreak.

Another pandemic is coming. The type, severity, and spread are unknown, but governments, public health agencies, schools, and all other organizations must be prepared in order to minimize damage and save lives. We need to identify the lessons learned from our successes and failures during the COVID-19 pandemic to plan better for our future response.

In Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak, David C. Pate, MD, JD, and Ted Epperly, MD, combine their decades of experience as doctors and health care leaders who have led their organizations through numerous public health challenges to create an extensive list of practical recommendations for a variety of organizations and agencies to better prepare for the next pandemic. They worked together in the fight against COVID-19 and the misinformation that devastated so many communities across the country. From the exam room to the public health board meeting room to the state capitol, Pate and Epperly use their expertise to craft 117 specific recommendations that organizations and governments can implement now in order to better prepare for the future. They divide these recommendations into checklists specific to different contexts: schools, hospitals, public health agencies, state governments, and the federal government. Public health officials, medical practitioners, state and local officials, school board members, disaster management leaders, and anyone with a stake in preparing their communities against future outbreaks will benefit from the recommendations Pate and Epperly outline.

This is the first book to apply lessons learned in real time during a pandemic while chronicling which responses did and did not work and why. The authors examine the global, national, and local responses to COVID-19 and illustrate how we can learn from the mistakes of this pandemic so as not to repeat them during the next.

About the Authors

David C. Pate, MD, JD (BOISE, ID), is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and a health care attorney, retired from his prior role as president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System. He has served as a member of the Governor's Coronavirus Working Group in Idaho to advise on the public health issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ted Epperly, MD (BOISE, ID), is a board-certified family medicine physician and the president and CEO of Full Circle Health. For 15 years he served as a member of the board for Central District Health, the largest public health department in the State of Idaho.


"The authors provide a play-by-play of the COVID-19 pandemic with recommendations included throughout. This book adds significant value to the understanding of how this pandemic began, the core elements of the world's response, and how these responses have played out. There are limited books currently available that I have read that can dive deep into many of the response elements and provide authoritative recommendations based on real, boots-on-the-ground experience."

- Syra Madad, DHSc, MSc, MCP, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

"Finally, a book from senior, experienced healthcare leaders that provides a clear roadmap on how to prepare for the inevitable next pandemic by learning from our shortcomings. Written with humility and candor, this should be required reading for anyone in healthcare."

- Vin Gupta, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington

"The COVID-19 pandemic exposed profound deficiencies at multiple levels in our US health system. In time, the US became the worst affected high-income country in terms of COVID-19 deaths and disability. This important new book written by Drs. Pate and Epperly begins an essential process of dissecting these failings in the hope that lessons learned will help us for the next major outbreak that will surely come."

- Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology; Co-Director, Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development; Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine; Baylor College of Medicine
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