Center for Public Health and Disasters
Spring, 2006 ...advancing interdisciplinary efforts to reduce Volume 15
the health impacts of disasters on human
Director’s Message Inside This Issue:
Act I. Scene I. Bright sunny day at a local county fair. On the Midway.
County Fair Huckster: “Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Pick your hazard! Septem- Director’s Message 1
ber 11th! Anthrax! SARS! Tsunami! Earthquake! Hurricane! Flood!”
Anybody had enough? If you answered, “Yes,” you’re not alone. “Government pledges Series
to victims of the Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistan have reached more than $150 million, a CPHD Brown Bag
considerable figure, but only a small fraction of the billions of dollars in pledges made by 2
governments to the tsunami victims. The United Nations, which issued an appeal for
$272 million for Pakistan, has received pledges of $50 million.” (Washington Post, Octo- Recent CPHD
ber 16, 2005; Page A23). There has been described, in recent years, a phenomenon
called donor fatigue: “A state in which donors no longer contribute to a cause because 5th UCLA Conference 3
they have become tired of receiving appeals for donations.” (http://
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Do donors lose interest in disaster response? In the last few years, the planet has been
pummeled by mass population emergencies – most resulted from natural hazards, but a Spring Courses 4
few brought on by some of our own. The media is quick to bring the graphic ugliness
right into our living rooms, on the evening news of our choice. Perhaps it’s simply too
much of a bad thing… CPHD Highlights:
Hazard Risk Assessment
There’s a cyclical nature to disasters, a never ending sequence of recurring phases. In the Instrument
interdisaster phase, we get our chance to plan, train, conduct exercises and make our best
efforts to mitigate a hazard’s impact and consequences. If we’re lucky, we get a warning
The Center for Public Health
phase, letting us know the hazard is imminent so we can mobilize personnel and re- and Disasters is pleased to
sources, evacuate those at risk, take protective measures, immunize, etc. The impact announce the Hazard Risk
phase may be fleeting, as in an earthquake, or protracted, as is the case with Hurricane Assessment Instrument
Katrina. It is in this phase that the hazard collides with our demography, geography, un- (HRAI) is now available.
derlying infrastructure, and our public health planning and response efforts. The emer-
gency phase that follows includes urgent victim medical care, sheltering displaced popu- HRAI will enable state and
local public health agencies
lations, restoration of critical infrastructure, and public health surveillance to help control to identify their community’s
illness or identify those exposed. This phase cascades into the reconstruction phase, dur- hazards, assess the likelihood
ing which we make efforts to restore the community back to its pre-disaster condition… of occurrence, and quantify
only better, because with reconstruction comes an analysis of our responses, leading to their impacts on the public’s
health. This information will
more planning, training, exercising and, hopefully, better mitigation for the next time.
be useful for the prioritiza-
tion of response and mitiga-
In the world of emergency public health preparedness, we cannot afford an analogue to tion options. CPHD can as-
donor fatigue. There are too many hazards (some we haven’t even considered yet) with sist public health depart-
too many people at risk for too many adverse public health consequences. So we con- ments in conducting a hazard
tinue to assess, plan, train, practice, and evaluate – repeatedly - as we await the arrival of risk assessment. HRAI is
our catastrophic parallel to Samuel Beckett’s “Godot.” Except in our work, Godot’s arri- available free of charge. To
access and download HRAI,
val is inevitable… please visit
Steven J. Rottman, MD, FACEP
Center for Public Health and Disasters
Center for Public Health Workshop Series: Topics in Public Health Preparedness
and Disasters The UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters will be holding four workshops on April 3-4, 2006 in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
Director CONDUCTING A HAZARD RISK ASSESSMENT
Monday, April 3, 9:00am-1:00pm
Steven J. Rottman, MD The 2005-06 Public Health Preparedness guidance from CDC requires that all jurisdictions conduct a hazard
Associate Director assessment. This workshop utilizes a tool developed by CPHD to assist public health agencies in identifying
their community's hazards, assessing the likelihood of occurrence, and quantifying their impacts on the public's
Linda Bourque, PhD health. Participants will learn how to utilize the tool to conduct a hazard risk assessment for their jurisdiction.
WORKSHOP 2: KEEPING YOUR WORKFORCE SAFE
Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH
Monday, April 3, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Responding to public health emergencies can present a risk to the health and safety of your workforce. This
workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify potential health and safety hazards and
develop strategies to protect the workforce.
Alina Dorian, PhD WORKSHOP 3: WRITING INCIDENT ACTION PLANS
Arpana Gupta, MD Tuesday, April 4, 9:00am-12:00pm
Clear Incident Action Plans are necessary for an effective and efficient emergency response. This workshop will
Merritt Schreiber, PhD provide you with the details of how to write an Incident Action Plan that is required in a NIMS-compliant re-
and Staff WORKSHOP 4: WORKING WITH YOUR HOSPITALS
Tuesday, April 4, 1:00pm-4:00pm
This workshop will provide information and techniques to improve the health department's ability to work effec-
Nicole Brzeski, MPH tively and efficiently with their hospital communities.
In addition to the workshops in Utah, the Center will be holding two workshops in Lake Tahoe, CA on July 20-
Sandra Hyduk, MPH
21, 2006. The first workshop, Conducting a Hazard Risk Assessment will be conducted on Thursday, July 20
Allison Kamerman, MS from 10:00am-4:00pm. The second workshop, Risk Communication: Working in Joint Information Center
Aaron Kissler, MPH (JIC) will be conducted on Friday, July 21, from 10:00am-4:00pm.
For more information or to register for these workshops, please visit our website www.cphd.ucla.edu.
Armine Kourouyan, MPH
Sarah Kuljian, MPH
CPHD Brown Bag Series
On Monday, February 13, 2006 the Center for Public Health and Disasters hosted a brown bag presentation on
Katheleen Shea, MPH
the Public Health Effects of the October 2005 Pakistan Earthquake. Dr. Arpana Gupta, Former Deputy Health
Emily Smith, MPH
Officer, Ventura County Health Department; Member, CA-9 Disaster Medical Assistance Team; Diplomate,
Alaina Snyder, MPA Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, presented the hour long lecture and discussion about her experience as one of
Lori Viveros, MPH the few female physicians in the aftermath of the earthquake. Over 35 public health and medical students, staff,
and faculty attended the presentation.
CPHD We are looking forward to working with Dr. Gupta on a special project on public health and law enforcement.
1145 Gayley Avenue,
Suite 304 Recent CPHD Appearances
Los Angeles, CA 90024 The Center has been actively participating in and attending various conferences/meetings: the NACCHO Public
Tel: 310-794-0864 Health Preparedness Summit, February 2006 in Washington DC; the APHA 133rd Annual Meeting and Exposi-
tion December 2005 in Philadelphia, PA., where we met Seamus O’Rouke while dining in famous Philly restau-
rants; and the Naval Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine Conference March 2006 in Hampton,
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5th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters
About the Conference:
The public health consequences of natural and intentional disasters cut across many substantive areas. This unique multidisciplinary conference
will bring together academicians, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers from public health, mental health, community disaster prepared-
ness and response, social sciences, government, media, and non-governmental organizations.
To provide an annual forum that continues to promote a dialogue and exchange of ideas between local health departments and others involved in
improving public health preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to emergencies.
Who Should Attend this Conference:
The conference is designed for public health professionals as well as individuals and organizations from both the public and private sectors in-
volved in emergency public health preparedness and response. The diverse topics will be relevant to public health and medical practitioners,
emergency medical services professionals, researchers, and managers involved in the wide range of emergency public health issues resulting from
natural and human-generated disasters.
Keynote: Leadership for Unprecedented Events
Speakers: Leonard Marcus, PhD, Director, Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Harvard School of Public Health and Joseph Hen-
derson, MPA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Senior Management Official for New York State
Closing Keynote: The Ethics & Economic Impact of an Influenza Pandemic
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Fielding, MD, MA, MPH, MBA, Director, Public Health and Health Officer for Los Angeles County; Professor, UCLA
School of Public Health
Plenary Sessions: Children of Responders, NDMS Activation in a Public Health Response, Public Health Response at the Astrodome, WTC
Evacuation, Surge Capacity
Breakout Sessions: Animals and Disasters, ASPH Resource Center, Legal Issues and Deployment of Volunteers, Meeting Dietary Needs in Dis-
asters, Mental Health of Disaster Responders, Post-Disaster Environmental Health, Pros and Cons of Military in Disasters, Sheltering Displaced
Populations, Toolbox: EQUIP, Toolbox: Information Technology in Field Data Collection, Toolbox: Public Health Incident Command System
(PHICS), Using Games and Mobile Devices for Exercises and Trainings, Pandemic Planning for Businesses, and Faith-Based Disaster Response.
Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90831
Tel: 562-983-3400 or 1-800-HILTONS
A block of rooms has been reserved at the special rate of $145.00/night plus tax. Please book rooms directly through the hotel by calling 1-800-
Hiltons (1-800-445-8667) or 1-562-983-3400, and indicate that you are attending the UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters. A block
of rooms has also been reserved at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel at the special rate of $169.00/night plus tax. Please book rooms directly
through the hotel by calling 1-562-437-5900 and indicate that you are attending the UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters. Rooms
will be reserved until Friday, April 28, 2006, after which prevailing rates and availability will apply.
CPHD will be offering continuing education credit for CHES and BRN.
Early Registration: $325 (before April 21, 2006)
Late Registration: $425 (after April 21, 2006)
Student Registration: $175 (letter from Program Director required)
Fee covers all materials, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 evening reception.
The UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters will host a student poster session on Sunday, May 21, 2006, 6:30-9:00pm. This poster session
will be held in conjunction with the evening reception; therefore, allowing presenters to explain their research and network with conference atten-
dees. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please contact Nicole Brzeski at 310-794-0864 or email@example.com. Additional information
and guidelines as well as a registration form will be provided in the Call for Student Abstracts.
For information, contact Chara Burnstein at (310) 794-0864 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For conference information and updates and to
register, visit our website at www.cphd.ucla.edu.
The UCLA Center for Public Health
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and Disasters is part of a national 5th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters
network of Centers for Public Health
• May 21-24, 2006, Hilton, Long Beach, CA
Preparedness (CPHP) funded by the
Centers for Disease Control and Pre- Workshops Series: Topics in Public Health Preparedness
vention. The network is charged with
• April 3-4, 2006, Salt Lake City, UT
the responsibility of ensuring a strong
public health system and providing • July 20-21, 2006, Lake Tahoe, CA
lifelong learning opportunities to pub-
lic health professionals to prepare the
public health workforce to respond to
current and emerging public health
Spring Course List
CPHD offers a myriad of services and
resources to state and local health CHS 256—Interdisciplinary Response to Infectious Disease Emergencies
departments throughout the United
States. For more information, visit CHS 440—Public Health and National Security at the U.S.-Mexico Border
our website at www.cphd.ucla.edu or
contact us at email@example.com. CHS 484—Risk Communications
...advancing interdisciplinary efforts to reduce the
health impacts of disasters on human populations.
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