14 April 2010

Humanitarian Resource Institute
Phone: (203) 668-0282
Url: www.humanitarian.net

United Nations Arts Initiative
Arts Integration Into Education
Url: www.unarts.org
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Humanitarian Intervention Initiative
Url: www.unarts.org/H-II

HRI: A Global Reference Point for Policy Development

Founded in 1994, Humanitarian Resource Institute [1] moved into the global policy development sphere in 1999, in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to assist contingency planning for the Year 2000 Conversion. [2]  The organization [3] specializes in research, identification of the target audience and effective integration of resources such as telecommunications, direct mail, newspaper, radio, television and internet to reach the decision making level in 192 member countries of the United Nations.  Networks include: 
  • newspaper, radio and television, corporate, intergovernmental, non-governmental, United Nations, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 195 countries.  
  • grassroots networks (household level), corporate, municipal, state and federal government, community action and interfaith organizations in approximately 3100 United States Counties.
Through its communications and advocacy efforts, the nonprofit Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI) coordinates international health and quality-of-life initiatives in a number of wide-ranging areas, and endeavors to foster multilateral cooperation among countries. -- EHPNET: Humanitarian Resource Institute Emerging Infectious Disease Network: Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), Volume 112, Number 1, January 2004. [4]

H-II:  Stephen Michael Apatow On The Front Line

Stephen Michael Apatow: [5] Born and raised in Southern Connecticut, academic aspirations in the fields of medicine, combined with sports development served as the inspiration for a sabbatical and pursuit international competition.  The ability to spend 6 years in full time training, came from support of US Olympic development programs, training centers and scholarships that included concentrations in classical dance development.  In an effort to give back, initiatives were nurtured for youth leadership, dance and sports development programs across the United States.

In 1990, connections in Washington, DC with a liaison for the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, led to the development of a national youth leadership initiative (cycleacrossamerica.org) to open the first toll free hotline for the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) and Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP).  In 1993, the doors opened to do a second project, coordinated in cooperation with the US House Select Committee on Hunger (runacrossamerica.org) that focused on the unmet needs of frontline service programs in 133 cities along the route from Washington DC to San Francisco, California.

Following the completion of two national projects, the nonprofit organization Humanitarian Resource Institute (humanitarian.net) was founded  in 1994.  The focus of this organization was to respond to the serious unmet needs identified during the 1990/1993 projects with a primary mission to serve as "a Bridge for Unmet Needs to Untapped Resources."   The pathway was via optimization of communications capability: prioritization of a focus issues, engagement of the world top reference points, compilation of peer reviewed supportive materials and direct communications to the decision making level in a target demographic.

In 1999, with the support of the directorate level at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), HRI facilitated the formation of the International Disaster Information Network (IDIN).  IDIN interlinked leaders in 192 United Nations member countries for risk management and contingency planning for the Year 2000 conversion.  Shortly thereafter,  the Humanitarian University Consortium was established to serves as (1) an international community of scholars, (2) a bridge between Humanitarian Resource Institute and the international academic community, (3) a think tank in support of the United Nations programs and (4) the promotion of higher learning through both traditional and distance education.

As director of research and development, responsibilities included oversight of policy development initiatives in the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine and law.  These demands required a return to concentrated supplemental professional studies, with requests to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE 1-2), the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE- PreClin) and Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) in 2002.

In the publication "Biological Threats and Terrorism, Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary," [6] the National Academy of Sciences has recognized Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI) as one of nine leading educational and research institutions. These include:

  • Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Columbia University: Center for Public Health Preparedness.
  • Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  • Humanitarian Resource Institute.
  • Johns Hopkins University: Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Center for International Studies.
  • National Academy of Sciences.
  • University of Maryland: Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
  • University of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
As an international consultancy reference point, he is also the founder of  Pathobiologics International, [7] Sports Medicine & Science Institute, [8] and SMAMedia Communications. [9]

As an artist, Stephen is a member of the Country Music Association and has orchestrated the formation of the United Nations Arts Initiative [10] to promote the medical, veterinary, legal and performing arts as a vehicle for solution oriented strategic planning and development.  He is also a Member/Publisher: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and founder of the International Dancescience Development Initiative. [11]


1. Humanitarian Resource Institute: Url: http://www.humanitarian.net
2. Year 2000: Global Risk Management & Contingency Planning: Global International Disaster Information network, Humanitarian Resource Institute. Url: http://www.humanitarian.net/contingency.html
3. Pathobiologics International - The Consulting Arm of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the Humanitarian University Consortium: Pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.pathobiologics.org/groundzero.html
EHPNET: Humanitarian Resource Institute Emerging Infectious Disease Network: Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), an online publication by the Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Volume 112, Number 1, January 2004. Url: http://ehis.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2004/112-1/forum.html
5. Stephen Michael Apatow, Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute and the United Nations Arts Initiative.  Url: http://www.apatow.org
6. Biological Threats and Terrorism, Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities: Workshop Summary: National Academy of Sciences. Url: http://books.nap.edu/books/0309082536/html/234.html#pagetop
7. Pathobiologics International. Url: http://www.pathobiologics.org
8. Sports Medicine & Science Institute. Url: http://www.esportsmedicine.org/
9. SMAMedia Communications: Url: http://www.smamedia.com
10. United Nations Arts Initiative: Url: http://www.unarts.org
11. International Dancescience Development Initiative: Url: http://www.edancescience.org


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