Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman


Emergency management and public health preparedness are allied but separate career fields responsible to plan, prepare, respond and recover local and statewide communities from disaster. The problem is the federal government provides guidance for these two programs from three different agencies: CDC, ASPR and DHS. This creates a conflict with each field trying to maintain jurisdictional clarity while avoiding mission creep. This research looks at the ability of meta-leadership concepts: leading up, down and across to solve the problem.Three case studies were reviewed: 2009/2010 H1N1 outbreak, 2012 flu clinic and 2014 Ebola planning. These case studies showed a meta-leadership effort that involved more organizations in the planning, placing emergency management and public health preparedness on equal footing. Future efforts to encourage the meta-leadership effort must occur. These efforts include co-locating annual conferences, providing education and changing future position requirements. Additional research is needed to show the value of meta-leadership in solving Nevada’s problems.



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