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Integrating Emergency Management and Disaster Behavioral Health by Ronald Sherman, Brian Flynn

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Chapter 14

Conclusion/Summary

Brian W. Flynn1 and Ronald Sherman2,    1Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, United States,    2Independent Consultant, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (Retired), United States

Let us take a moment to revisit the motivation and design of this book as context for better understanding its content. The motivation to produce the book was based upon an increasingly apparent need to promote and operationalize the integration of professions of emergency management (EM) and disaster behavioral health (DBH). But why, and why now? There are two reasons:

• Experiences when integration has occurred have resulted in positive results for both professions, as well as positive impact on survivors ...

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