Alumnus Rosen, M.S. ’89, contributes to disaster preparedness book

June 9, 2014

Mitchel Rosen, Ph.D., M.S. in Community Health Education ’89, co-authored a chapter in a recently published book along with Audrey Gotsch and Jack Caravanos. Their chapter, titled "Hurricane Sandy: Training to Improve Response and Recovery," is among the 16 by various experts included in Case Studies in Public Health Preparedness and Response to Disasters. Rosen is currently Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the Rutgers School of Public Health.

“The case study focuses on the needs of those responding to Hurricane Sandy, and how the Office of Public Health Practice reacted by developing training to help ensure safety of the responder community.  The training was offered to homeowners, volunteers, and public health professionals so that they identify hazards and can protect themselves during response activities,” says Rosen.

In the book the authors examine a broad range of public health scenarios through the lens of emergency preparedness and planning. Scenarios range from extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy and emerging infections such as the H1N1 pandemic flu to man-made tragedies like the Madrid train bombings and threats of bioterrorism, all with increasingly profound impacts on the health of populations around the globe.

The book was edited by Linda Landesman, Instructor in the Umass Amherst Online MPH in Public Health Practice program, with Isaac Weisfuse. It was recently published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Visit the Jones & Bartlett Learning website for more information.