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Natalie Grant, Director

Ms. Grant joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response in November, 2018. In this capacity, she oversees the disaster human service emergency management mission for the agency and the Department. OHSEPR's primary responsibilities include preparing human and social service programs and providers for disaster incidents, overseeing coordinated delivery of disaster human service case management, developing a disaster and applied science agenda for human services, supporting the coordination of support services for children, youth and families in emergencies, and overseeing emergency repatriation mission for U.S. Citizens overseas during international crises.

Previously, she worked for HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Division of Recovery where she served as the Health and Social Services Recovery field coordinator for federal interagency coordination following Hurricane Sandy in New York and the lead for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She has also managed other disaster and emergency incidents within HHS Regions 1, 2, 5, and 10.

Prior to her federal role, Natalie served as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at Boston Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) within the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this capacity she was chief emergency planner for public health and medical matters, oversaw all programmatic activities associated with implementation of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement (PHEP) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) while collaborating closely with the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) through a partnership with the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals (COBTH) and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. Natalie was the Emergency Support Function Eight (ESF-8) lead during planned city-wide events and public health emergency activations such as H1N1, Massachusetts Water Emergency and various weather emergencies. During her tenure, the Lawlor Regional Medical Intelligence Center was established for information coordination amongst healthcare partners across the Metro-Boston region during emergency incidents.

Natalie also worked at the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management as a health and medical emergency management coordinator. In close partnership with colleagues at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, she led the Miami-Dade County ESF-8 response to natural hazards, utility failures and civil disturbances. Natalie fostered strong relationships with partners across the healthcare delivery system including pre-hospital, hospital, community health centers, ancillary care services and private home care providers.

Ms. Grant has been working in emergency management and disaster coordination since 2004, beginning with health and medical coordination planning for Boston Emergency Medical Services and the Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) and the Hospital Preparedness Program as part of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Bioterrorism grant program.

Originally from Homestead, Florida, Natalie is an accomplished track and field athlete and competes internationally for the Jamaican National Team. She received her MPH in International Health from Boston University and AB in Biology from Harvard College.

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