Covering natural disasters and infectious diseases
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July 11, noon ET
A natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, fire or earthquake, can cause catastrophic damage to health care infrastructure, leaving people vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks and other challenges. How can health reporters prepare for covering a natural disaster in their community and then how can they best report on the event as it is happening, as well as what to look out for regarding the health impacts in the aftermath? In particular, what do natural disasters mean for children? What infectious diseases might they be at risk of contracting? Learn answers to these questions during this webcast for members.
Irwin Redlener, M.D., director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Moderator: Bara Vaida, AHCJ topic leader/infectious diseases
Irwin Redlener is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. He and his team have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems readiness with respect to disasters. Redlener also has more than three decades of experience providing health care to medically underserved children in rural and urban communities throughout the U.S. As founder and president of the Children's Health Fund, he is a renowned advocate for access to health care for all children. In 1993 & 1994, Redlener served as a special consultant to the National Health Reform Task Force for the Clinton White House.