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On Demand April 3, 2006

Public Health to the Rescue: Emergency Response is Now a Core Function

Broadcast Date: April 3, 2006 | (1 hour, 30 minutes)


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Program Overview

This program will examine the roles played by three state public health agencies in the response and recovery phases of Hurricane Katrina, specifically with respect to the public health core functions. The State Health Officers from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi will discuss how their agencies roles in assessment, policy development, and assurance were affected by this disaster. They will discuss as a group: what worked and what didn't; and what should be modified for the future. Since each state and agency was affected by the Hurricane in a different way, the roles these organizations assumed were different as well. There are valuable lessons to be learned by not only reviewing the response by agencies directly involved in the disaster, but also from neighboring states that provided support and assistance.


Donald E. Williamson, MD
State Health Officer
Alabama Department of Public Health

Jimmy Guidry, MD
State Health Officer
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Brian Amy, MD, MHA, MPH
State Health Officer
Mississippi State Department of Health

Target Audience

Public health practitioners, healthcare providers, first responders and recovery workers, community planners, emergency managers and policy makers, governmental and non-governmental workers, leaders of volunteers and faith-based organizations that assist affected communities.

Contact Hours

None for this program.

Contact for Technical Assistance

Call 334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN.

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