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Emergency Public Health: Preparedness and Response

Author(s): Girish Bobby Kapur, MD, MPH, Director of Educational Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine
Jeffrey P. Smith, MD, MPH, Co-Director, Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University, Washington D.C., Director of Clinical Operations, GWU Hospital Emergency Department
  • ISBN-13: 9780763758707
  • Paperback    572 pages      © 2012
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As large-scale emergencies continue to pose a threat to U.S. populations at the local, state, and national levels, the public and private sectors are demanding improved public health preparedness, response, and cooperation for such events.

Emergency Public Health provides readers with important information and analysis of key public health crises threatening our local, state, and national jurisdictions.  As the first text of its kind in the emerging field of emergency public health, it provides a framework for public health professionals, policy makers, first responders, and emergency healthcare providers to plan and implement effective measures to protect the public health of civilian populations during times of emergencies. 

Written by experts with both emergency healthcare and public health backgrounds, the case-based chapters provide valuable information on the preparedness, response, and mitigation of emergency public health topics.  In addition, Emergency Public Health contains timely information of key areas such as public health law and the interactions among government jurisdictions.  Each chapter also includes online resources for the reader to pursue additional web-based resources.

Each chapter follows a consistent structure to maintain clarity and continuity throughout the text:
A. Introduction
B. Historical perspectives
C. Preparedness
D. Response
E. Case study
F. On-line resources

Section  Introduction  
  Chapter  1  The Role of Public Health in Times of Population Crises and Emergencies
Section  1  Government and Public Health Emergencies
  Chapter  2  Government Capacity: Federal, State, and Local Agencies and Responsibilities
  Chapter  3  Public Health Law
  Chapter  4  National Response Plan
  Chapter  5  Emerging Public Health Systems: Post-conflict and Post-Disaster Settings
Section  2  Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s)
  Chapter  6  Public-Private Partnerships during Emergencies
  Chapter  7  Non-Governmental Organizations Response to Crises
  Chapter  8  Technology and Public Health Crises
Section  3  Public Health Tools during Emergencies
  Chapter  9  Epidemiological Studies
  Chapter  10  Surveillance and Monitoring
  Chapter  11  Rapid Needs Assessment
Section  4  Infectious Diseases Emergencies
  Chapter  12  Contagious Diseases Epidemics
  Chapter  13  Pandemic Influenza
  Chapter  14  Emerging and Remerging Infectious Diseases
Section  5  Terrorism
  Chapter  15  Bombing Events
  Chapter  16  Biological Agents
  Chapter  17  Chemical Agents
  Chapter  18  Radiological Agents
Section  6  Natural Disasters
  Chapter  19  Earthquakes
  Chapter  20  Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Cyclones
  Chapter  21  Extreme Temperature Emergencies: Heat Waves and Cold Storms
Section  7  Industrial Emergencies
  Chapter  22  Hazardous Substances
  Chapter  23  Nuclear Energy Reactors
Section  8  Special Populations and Issues
  Chapter  24  Mental Health Emergencies and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  Chapter  25  Children and Public Health Emergencies
  Chapter  26  Substance Abuse and Public Health Crises

Girish Bobby Kapur, MD, MPH-Director of Educational Affairs, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Bobby Kapur serves as director of educational affairs for the section of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). A graduate of Rice University, Dr. Kapur received his Doctor of Medicine from BCM and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Kapur’s training includes an emergency medicine residency at Yale University and an international emergency medicine fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Kapur designed and taught one of the nation’s first courses in Emergency Public Health at George Washington University for law enforcement officials from local and national agencies. In addition, Dr. Kapur has designed and taught emergency medicine and public health training programs for international physicians, nurses and primary healthcare workers.  He has also worked on the development of emergency public health systems in low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on low-cost, high-yield strategies.  Dr. Kapur currently is developing a new Emergency Medicine residency training program at BCM.

Jeffrey P. Smith, MD, MPH-Co-Director, Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University, Washington D.C., Director of Clinical Operations, GWU Hospital Emergency Department


Jeffrey P. Smith, MD, MPH, FACEP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the School of Public Health at the George Washington University Medical Center. He serves as the Director of the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Smith completed residency training in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and remains board certified in both specialties. Since completing training, he has held a full-time faculty position in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center. He has over 20 years of clinical emergency medicine experience with over 14 years experience in emergency department management and administration having served as the director of clinical operations and trauma services. Additionally, Dr. Smith has completed additional training at George Washington University Medical Center including a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on international health policy in 2000 and a Master Teacher Program in 2006.
As the Director of the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Smith directs the international emergency medicine activities of the Institute.   His areas of interest includes international emergency medicine policy development, disaster preparedness, EMS system development, enhancing hospital-based and prehospital clinical and trauma services, injury prevention initiatives, and academic emergency medicine development including faculty development and assisting with the establishment of residency training programs in emergency medicine. He has worked and taught extensively in Asia (India, China, Thailand), Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan), the Middle East region (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey and Oman), Eastern Europe (Hungary, Estonia, Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia), and Latin America (Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, and Columbia). He has supervised the establishment of emergency/EMS training centers in Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Oman and has assisted with the development of emergency medicine residency training programs in India, Iran, China, Egypt and Chile.   
He has conducted several strategic US leadership conferences focusing on the role of US emergency health care providers in the development of emergency medicine in developing countries and chaired a regional NATO conference on emergency medicine and disaster preparedness in Central Asia.   Dr. Smith chaired the International EM Interest Group for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine from 2002-2005, and is a founding member of the American College of Emergency Medicine’s International Section. 
  • "[It offers] broad coverage of the issues and nice case studies."

    --Cynthia Stone, Indiana University Department of Public Health

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