GDHN July Monthly Meeting

Topic: Outbreak READY! Scope, Story, and Sustainability: Developing an Online Simulation for Strengthening Infectious Disease Readiness


The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated major changes in how we deliver health-related programs and information. Prior to the emergency of COVID-19, the READY initiative (funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance) was already delivering workshops on operational readiness for infectious disease outbreak response. READY had also planned a series of in-person simulation activities.

However, when the scale of COVID-19 limited travel and in-person gatherings, READY pivoted to creating an online simulation instead. The result is Outbreak READY!, an award-winning “serious game”, in which learners take the role of an NGO team lead managing a humanitarian program portfolio. Hannah Hamrick, who served as Activity Lead for Outbreak READY!, will present the challenges, surprises, and successes of the simulation development process.

When: July 28, 2022, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Eastern Time  


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Simone Parrish Senior Program Officer, Knowledge Management Unit, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs


Hannah Hamrick Senior Project Manager, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health