Our class got to visit the Pinellas County Health Department in downtown St. Petersburg. While at the health department, we were fortunate enough to meet with two of their Public Health Preparedness Planners to learn more about Points of Dispensing (PODs) and Special Needs Shelters, and how they operate in Pinellas County. Just a little background… Read More Public Health Preparedness in Pinellas County
ShelterBox’s Mike Mira brought in an actual ShelterBox for “show and tell” during our community engagement class today. What a great (and fun) presentation! These boxes originated out of a Rotary project in 2000 for people who need shelter and became such a hit that the company was created. They have given out 150,000 boxes… Read More Disaster Response: The ShelterBox Solution
In honor of United Nations Day 2015, I want to talk about a global issue that has been severely escalating, but has not yet been fully recognized by everyone: Global Agricultural Shortage. One of the reasons why this topic is so important to me personally is the fact that my father is actively involved in… Read More Dariush Henning: Sustainable Agriculture
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held its 17th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium in June at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD. The topic of the symposium was “Moving Us Forward: Blending Higher Education and Experiential Knowledge in Emergency Management.” USF College of Public Health faculty, Dr. Robert Tabler, Ms.… Read More Students and Faculty Represent USF COPH at FEMA Symposium
USF College of Public Health undergraduate student, Greer Wellstead, shares some of the key topics guest speaker Bradley Keating spoke about during his visit during our 2015 Community Engagement in Public Health summer course.
“Bradley Keating is one among those many brave souls who are at the front lines of humanitarian relief when disaster strikes,” shares Ms. Wellstead. “His story should move us toward action; it has for me.”… Read More Greer Wellstead: Public Health & the Global Response to Disaster with Bradley Keating
As leaders and future leaders, there is always room for improvement and I believe that experience and time are the best teachers.… Read More REEMA DAAS: EXPLORING LEADERSHIP
2015 COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS JULY 20-30, 2015 Emergency Management in Pinellas County with Sally Bishop Introduction: Although longtime residents might think otherwise, emergency preparedness is very important in Pinellas County. As the second most vulnerable county in the nation and the most densely populated in the state, the staff of the Pinellas… Read More Suzana Lakic: Understanding Emergency Management Systems in Pinellas County