Terrorism readiness talk open to campus
School of Public Health and Health Sciences is opening a guest lecture
in its course on terrorism preparedness to the campus at large 1-2:15
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Student Union Ballroom.
Rear Admiral Donald Arthur, former
deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Navy, and Commander Mary Chaffee,
'83, deputy director of the U.S. Navy Office of Homeland Security,
will address students in "Terrorism-Ready?" (ENV HL 497B
and NURSE 497B), presenting an overview of global terrorism, response
abilities and preparedness of the federal government and health
care system, and the role of health-care providers in anti-terrorism
and emergency preparedness efforts.
As senior health program analyst in
the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
for nearly three years, Chaffee, oversaw TRICARE, the military health
system that serves 8.4 million beneficiaries. In her current position,
she is responsible for executing a plan to prepare for and respond
to attacks or threats involving the Navy Medical Department.
Chaffee double-majored in Nursing
and Public Health as an undergraduate at UMass.
"Terrorism-Ready?" is taught
by Sal DiNardi, chair of Environmental Health Sciences. It covers
the "myths and realities" of chemical, biological, radiological
and environmental threats.