Practice leadership present at Public Health Preparedness Summit 2013

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Dave Rogoff and Patrick Gardner, of the USF College of Public Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP), recently led conference presentations on behalf of the Center.

Patrick Gardner, assistant director and project leader for the CLPHP’s Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, participated in the Public Health Preparedness Summit 2013. The event was held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 12-15.  Gardner facilitated an interactive session titled “Health Disparities and Their Role in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery.” The presentation, co-authored with Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, director, Public Health Practice Program, examined the social causes of health inequities in the United States and the key role that these inequities play in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Gardner served as a panel member for an interactive session titled “Why Reinvent the Wheel? Looking at Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers to Support PHEP Capability Training Needs.” This workshop explored examples of academic and public health practice partnerships used to develop, execute, and evaluate public health preparedness trainings based on assessed training needs, different aspects of development, and use of new planning and training technologies.

Attendees at both sessions included representatives from Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and health departments across the US.

The CDC invited Dave Rogoff, MHA, BSIE, director of the CLPHP, to participate in a panel discussion in conjunction with the Annual PERLC Grantee Meeting.   Held immediately prior to the Summit, the talk centered around sustainability and panelists explored additional ways to work with state and other partners. The audience included representatives from all the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers, as well as representatives from schools of public health, the CDC, and ASPH.

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice is a vital source for training in the State of Florida.  To learn more about its programs, visit The Center also includes the Public Health Practice Program, which offers a MPH degree in online and executive weekend formats.