Strengthening Public Health Preparedness: Technology Enhanced Teaching "The Future of Technology and Its Impact on Global Public Health Preparedness” Robert S. Gold, Ph.D., Dr. P.H., FAAHB Dean, College of Health and Human Performance and Co-Director, Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory University of Maryland, College Park, MD Wednesday, September 17, 2003 Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University The Emory University School of Medicine And The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University Practicing medical and public health professionals around the world rely on core existing and emerging technologies to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and terrorist public health disasters. Faculty and instructors at universities, public health and medical organizations have responsibility for educating new, or further training public health professionals in core competencies relating to public health and emergency preparedness. Today’s lecture will focus on technology available today, the future of technology and the existing and potential applications that technology will have on public health and emergency preparedness. Participants will learn how technology is used to appropriately and effectively revolutionize the way we communicate, provide medical and public health services, detect public health problems, use data, carry out research and personalize education. A respondent panel, composed of faculty and staff from the Emory School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health and the CDC, will respond to the lecture with “What does this mean to my job, role or organization?” Participants -- whether faculty, researcher, clinician or program planner -- will learn how the appropriate use of technology can enhance their job and allow them to better fulfill their objectives. Robert Gold is an accomplished researcher and nationally known expert in the application of technology in health education and health promotion. His publications include numerous research and evaluation articles, dozens of pieces of software for organizations such as the Addiction Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society, and commercially published software and textbooks: Dr. Gold is Dean, College of Health and Human Performance and Co- Director of the Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland and has served as Vice President at ORC Macro International. Dr. Gold holds a Ph.D. in health education with major emphases in computer science and research design, and a Dr.P.H. in Community Health Practice with major areas of study in program evaluation and epidemiology. Over the last 10 years, he has directed a number of SBIR and related technology development grants and contracts, including three NCI studies examining the potential for applying advanced health communications technology for cancer prevention among high risk populations. Most recently, he has worked on several technology related projects including a national surveillance system on factors affecting quality of life in communities associated with a five-year applied research project called Accelerating Community Transformation, a Prevention Science Decision Support System for The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and building a technology infrastructure for the Collaborative Center for Child Well-Being. Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of this lecture, participants should be able to: 1. Identify four current or emerging technologies used to prevent, prepare for or respond to public health emergencies; and, 2. List three technology tools that can be used to enhance various areas of public health or clinical curriculum or practice.
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