Nicolette A. Louissaint
In times of disaster, a strong health care system is imperative. Yet, lack of communication and preparedness leaves many scrambling to address disaster crises. That’s where Nicolette Louissaint, who heads Healthcare Ready, comes in.
Healthcare Ready strengthens health care systems “by connecting public sector needs to private sector capacities.” The organization’s “Rx Open” maps are activated when disaster strikes, so the public and emergency responders can see what pharmacies are open in the affected area. This ensures that the disaster does not disrupt the normal flow of health care supply chains.
Louissaint led the charge, maintaining a continuous activation for more than 80 days to coordinate health care and public health response activities after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate in 2017. She is no stranger to disaster response. Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, Louissaint served as a senior adviser to the Ebola coordinator with the U.S. Department of State, and helped lead efforts to address the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
“In my role at the State Department during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, our team mobilized the global effort to ensure international support for the immediate response, which included building health care resources for impacted communities,” she said.
She believes that her ability to ensure patients have access to health care during and after disasters, and her ability to combine her passion for community, public health and science makes her a true differentiator.
Louissaint received her Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 2010, and is working on obtaining her M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore. She served as Vice President of Policy and Procedures for the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association. She focuses her community involvement in science and health education organizations.