Exec. Director Selected as Next Generation Leader

Healthcare Ready Executive Director Selected as Next Generation Leader


Awards Recognizes Nicolette Louissaint for Helping Communities Respond to Disasters


WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 18, 2018 –Healthcare Ready, a national nonprofit focused on improving the resiliency of healthcare systems to better meet communities’ health needs amid disaster, today announced that Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D., executive director, has been selected an African American National Security/Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader.


The Diversity in National Security Network and New America, two organizations that work to recognize diversity in the national security and foreign policy sector, selected 35 African Americans as emerging leaders in U.S. national security and foreign policy. With a range of expertise in numerous fields including government, academia and media, the selected policy experts have contributed to their areas of expertise through significant leadership.


“As an integral part of the organization, Nicolette has been the driving force behind the success of Healthcare Ready’s efforts to build community resilience in order to help those in need during and after disasters,” said Bruce Altevogt, Ph.D., chairman of Healthcare Ready. “Her leadership of Healthcare Ready’s responses and activations to the numerous natural disasters our country experienced over the last 18 months has saved lives and helped people get the care they need. She significantly enhanced our organizational capacity so that Healthcare Ready will be there when it is needed most.”


Dr. Louissaint was selected based on her leadership and contributions through her extensive work in emergency preparedness and disaster response. She has driven multiple Healthcare Ready initiatives in ensuring that patients have access to medications and healthcare services during disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, Dr. Louissaint served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Advisor to the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Ebola.


“I am honored to be selected and to share this award with a dynamic group of leaders who contribute to making our society a better, stronger and safer place. As an advocate for community resilience, I look forward to continuing my work in ensuring communities are well-equipped and prepared during and before a disaster strikes,” said Louissaint. “The entire Healthcare Ready team is committed to building the necessary community supports so that if disaster strikes quality of life returns to normal as fast as possible.”


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About Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready helps to strengthen healthcare through public private collaboration and addressing pressing issues before, during, and after disasters and disease outbreaks. As the convener of industry and government, Healthcare Ready safeguards patient health by providing solutions to critical problems and identifying best practices for healthcare preparedness and response.