In January 2021, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) launched the ASPA COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force (PTF) to serve as a communications channel for expertise and information related to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The task force was charged with organizing professional webinars, presidential panels, articles, section- and chapter-specific events, policy notes, and an edited volume for widespread dissemination to the ASPA membership and broader field of public administration. This special symposium is an outgrowth of those activities. We now recognize that the pandemic is unique in its severity and breadth, but the lessons of crisis and emergency management throughout history contribute to our understanding, planning, and response to the current pandemic and its appendant social crises. This symposium for Public Administration Review, then, gives us an opportunity to reflect on the constructs more broadly, with an eye toward conceptual development to inform present and future application to crises of this magnitude.
The C-RASC Interim Assistant Director, Dr. Tonya Thornton, and former Leadership Team member while an Assistant Research Professor at the Schar School, is one of the fellow guest editors and also serves as the Co-Chair for the PTF.
For more information, see: https://www.publicadministrationreview.com/2021/11/03/the-nexus-between-emergency-management-public-health-and-equity-responding-to-crisis-and-mitigating-future-hazards/