Emergency Preparedness in the Region - Pt 5

Apr 3, 2009
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Pt 5: Public Health PreparednessPublic health experts may be called on to make or inform some of the most important decisions of the twenty-first century. These include the decision to allocate scarce healthcare resources including vaccines, where to set up surge facilities, or ‘sheltering in place.’ Is the framework strong enough to support decision making across all sectors, including government, law enforcement, and others? Panelists will discuss these and other considerations with respect to bioterrorism, disease outbreak (e.g., pandemic flu), and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, flooding). They will also address some of the financial, legal and ethical issues inherent in this area. * MODERATOR: David Gruber, Senior Assistant Commissioner for Health Infrastructure Preparedness and Emergency Response, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services * Irwin Redlener, Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness * Peter D. Marghella, Executive Vice President, Disaster Preparedness Resources, Inc. * Leonard Cole, author and Adjunct Professor, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University