From extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy, man-made tragedies like the Madrid train bombings, the threat of bioterrorism, and emerging infections such as the H1N1 pandemic flu, disasters are creating increasingly profound threats to health of populations around the globe.
Through a presentation of 16 case studies, the authors examine the broad range of public health scenarios through the lens of emergency preparedness and planning. Designed for students across a wide spectrum of health and safety disciplines, this text uniquely demonstrates the application of public health preparedness competencies established by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).
- Presents 16 case studies on preparedness, from natural disasters to pandemic infection.
- Demonstrates the application of the ASPH Public Health Preparedness competencies.
- Makes an ideal complement to any text on disaster preparedness or public health leadership, or can be used as a standalone text.
"Case Studies in Public Health Preparedness is written by some of the best emergency preparedness and response professionals in the business; it is a must read for anyone who needs to prepare for or respond to an emergency.”
—Michael Osterholm Ph.D, MPH, Professor and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
About the Editors
I Natural Events
Case 1 2011 Japan Tsunami, Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster
Case 2 Southern California Wildfires of 2007: Preparing and Responding to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities
Case 3 The 1999 North Carolina Floyd Flood
Case 4 Residential Facilities and Functional Needs: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies in Pennsylvania
Case 5 Hurricane Irene: Evacuation of Coney Island Hospital
II Man-Made and Technological Events
Case 6 Rescue Following a Mine Collapse in Chile
Case 7 The Lessons of Tragedy: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings
Case 8 The Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
Case 9 Planning For The Republican National Convention 2004: Findings From The New York City Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene
Case 10 World Trade Center Attack on Sept 11, 2001
Case 11 Addressing the Mental Well-Being of New Yorkers in the Aftermath of the 9/11 and Bioterror Attacks
III Emerging Infections
Case 12 Gastrointestinal Anthrax Associated with a Drumming Circle in New Hampshire
Case 13 Surveillance in Emergency Preparedness: The 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Response
Case 14 Mandatory Vaccination and H1N1: A Large Urban Hospital’s Response
Case 15 2009 H1N1 Influenza Epidemic in Iowa
Case 16 The Martha’s Vineyard Public Health System Response to 2009 H1N1
Appendix A: Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competency Model
Linda Y Landesman, DrPH, MSW-Landesman Consulting, Visiting Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Isaac B. Weisfuse, MD, MPH-Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York