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Mark Edward Keim

Mark Edward Keim
DisasterDoc LLC

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Introduction
Chief Executive Officer of DisasterDoc LLC, an international firm specializing in consultation, education and research related to public health emergencies. Current research interests include: Disaster risk reduction, Extreme weather events, Climate change, Environmental disasters Working on * Business continuity during a pandemic * Health impacts of climate change * Community-based disaster risk reduction * Learning management systems
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - April 2020
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2012 - March 2015
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Position
  • Managing Director
January 2009 - present
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Disaster Medicine Fellowship
Position
  • Faculty Member
Education
August 2012 - May 2014
Emory University Goizueta Business School
Field of study
  • Business Administration
July 1995 - June 1997
Emory University School of Medicine
Field of study
  • Emergency Medicine
May 1987 - June 1991

Publications

Publications (228)
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This paper describes the innovative use information technology for assisting disaster planners with an easily-accessible method for writing and improving evidence-based emergency operations plans. This process is used to identify all key objectives of the emergency response according to capabilities of the institution, community or society. The app...
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Objectives: To describe the impact of an acute-onset sea-level-rise disaster in 2 coral atoll populations and to generate hypotheses for further investigation of the association between climate change and public health. Methods: Households of Lukunoch and Oneop islands, Micronesia, were assessed for demographics, asset damage, food availability, wa...
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Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll: Public Health Researchers Voice Frustration
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Disasters are becoming more frequent. The US is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters, many involving a catastrophic number of related deaths. Despite billions of dollars being spent on the development of national, state and local interventions, there has been no significant change in the rate of disaster-related morta...
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Introduction This manuscript summarizes the global incidence, exposures, mortality, and morbidity associated with extreme weather event (EWE) disasters over the past 50 years (1969-2018). Methods A historical database (1969-2018) was created from the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) to include all disasters caused by seven EWE hazards (ie, cyclo...
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As disasters become more frequent and severe worldwide, disaster planning as a human endeavor is more important than ever, with the potential to save millions of lives globally. In this important new book, the author offers a practical, step-by-step guide for writing, implementing, and measuring the quality of your own disaster plan to address any...
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Objective This study compared 2019 values for the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) with rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related mortality as reported by the 50 US states and Puerto Rico during the first six months of the US pandemic (March 1 - August 31, 2020). Methods Data regarding provisional death counts and est...
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Objective The efficacy is measured for a public health intervention related to community-based planning for population protection measures (PPMs; ie, shelter-in-place and evacuation). Design This is a mixed (qualitative and quantitative) prospective study of intervention efficacy, measured in terms of usability related to effectiveness, efficiency...
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We argue that discussion prioritizing the physical hazard in the case of climate change overshadows and distracts from exposing and confronting the real causes of harm. These root causes remain the many socioeconomic and political processes that push people into vulnerable situations.
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This article captures the webinar narrative on March 31, 2020 of four expert panelists addressing three questions on the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Each panelist was selected for their unique personal expertise, ranging from front-line emergency physicians in multiple countries, an international media personality, former...
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Survey of Exercise Implementers The exercise was actively observed by eight separate individuals that performed the following functions for implementing the tabletop exercise: • 1 Exercise facilitator from DisasterDoc • 1 Exercise controller from Harvard • 2 Exercise evaluators o one from CDC o one from onaLARC™ consulting • 1 Exercise Logistic...
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Objective The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed 15 National Public Health Emergency and Preparedness Response Capabilities (NPHPRCs) to serve as national standards for health-related core capabilities. The objective of this study is to determine the level of federal funding allocated for research related to NPHPRCs during 2008–20...
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Objective The objective of this study is to characterize US-based disaster training courses available to disaster response and disaster health professionals. Its purpose is to better inform policies and decision-making regarding workforce and professional development to improve performance. Methods Courses were identified from 4 inventories of cou...
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Objective Disaster-related research funding in the United States has not been described. This study characterizes Federal funding for disaster-related research for 5 professional disciplines: medicine, public health, social science, engineering, emergency management. Methods An online key word search was performed using the website, www.USAspendin...
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This presentation describes the principles of disaster risk reduction as applied to this project
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This pilot project is intended to reduce hurricane-related deaths in 3 target communities of US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by preventing illness and injuries before it happens. These communities will write and exercise protection plans for those most vulnerable in the community (age < 5 and >65). To date there have been few interventions in the...
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Guest Lecturer, 2018 Annual Conference of the International Association of Emergency Managers. “EMVision Talk” Title: How a children’s book saved my life (and changed the way I view disasters) Grand Rapids, MI October 22, 2018
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Effective disaster risk management requires not only management of the immediate problem (disaster-related injuries and disease), but also of the patient’s risk factors and of the underlying health determinants. This requires an accurate and well-validated process for assessment of the determinants of disease. Ideally, disaster risk management is b...
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Risk assessment is a key component of public health interventions intended to prevent or reduce adverse health effects. Health risk assessments are widely used to guide public health programming, as well as multi-sectoral studies of environmental impact and developmental decision making. Analytical risk assessment is a well-validated tool that is r...
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In 1994, the first World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction held in Yokohama, Japan affirmed that “Disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness are better than disaster response in achieving the goals and objectives of the decade. Disaster response alone is not sufficient, as it yields only temporary results in a very high cost.” Since t...
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This technical report was written under contract between DisasterDoc LLC, the Henry Jackson Foundation and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. The objective of this study is to characterize the current system of disaster science according to inputs (the environment and resources that affect research); and outputs (the evidence t...
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This technical report was authored under a contract between DisasterDoc LLC, the Henry Jackson Foundation and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. It is the precedent white paper for the subsequent publication entitled, "US Governmental Spending for Disaster-Related Research, 2011–2016: Characterizing the State of Science Funding...
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Background The increase in natural and man-made disasters occurring worldwide places Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians at the forefront of responding to these crises. Despite the growing interest in Disaster Medicine, it is unclear if resident training has been able to include these educational goals. Hypothesis This study surveys EM residencies...
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Guest Lecturer, Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Master the Disaster Conference Title: From Reaction to Prevention: A Call to Action Camarillo, CA February 22, 2017
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Guest Lecturer, Climate and Health Meeting (hosted by former US Vice President Al Gore) Title: Extreme Weather Events Atlanta, GA February 16, 2017
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This final technical report is to document Dr. Mark Edward Keim’s successful completion of actions identified in the WHO Consultant Contract on December 12, 2016.
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Keynote speaker Conference on Building Human Resilience for Climate Change Title: From Reaction to Prevention: A Call to Action Washington, DC November 4, 2016
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Guest Lecturer, Georgia Environmental Health Association Title: Prevention: The future of disaster management Savannah, GA July 1, 2016
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Guest Lecturer and Moderator for Plenary Session, 2016 Preparedness Summit Title: “Making Smart Choices: Disaster Risk Reduction at Home and Abroad” Dallas, TX April 20, 2016
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Guest Lecturer, 2016 Public Health Preparedness Summit Title: Applying the Disaster Risk Reduction Model for Health Systematically in the United States Dallas, TX April 21, 2016
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Guest Lecturer Howard County Emerging Infectious Disease Symposium Title: Understanding Infectious Disease Risk Laurel, MD October 30, 2015
Book
The most comprehensive resource of its kind, Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, 2nd Edition, thoroughly covers isolated domestic events as well as global disasters and humanitarian crises. Dr. Gregory Ciottone and more than 200 worldwide authorities share their knowledge and expertise on the preparation, assessment, and management of both natural and ma...
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Keynote speaker Pacific Basin Medical Association Annual Meeting Title: The Impact of Climate Change on Pacific Health Koror, Palau September 11, 2015
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Guest Lecturer, Chicago American Red Cross Chapter 6th Annual American Red Cross Red Cross Preparedness Summit Title: Understanding Infectious Disease Risk Chicago, IL August 20, 2015
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Mass Gatherings and Public Health Mass gatherings are highly visible events with the potential for serious health and political consequences if not managed carefully and effectively.¹⁻⁴ Mass gatherings have been reported to have significant impact upon public health systems throughout the world.⁵⁻¹⁰ International mass gathering events, such as tho...
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Guest Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Title: Preventing Disasters: Disaster risk reduction as a sustainable adaptation to climate change Baltimore, MD October 7, 2014
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Keynote speaker National Environmental Health Association, 78th Annual Conference and Exhibition Title: Preventing Disasters: Disaster Risk Reduction as a Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change Las Vegas, NV July 8, 2014
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Reports of health issues related to mass gatherings around the world have indicated a potential for public health and medical emergencies to occur on a scale that could place a significant impact on business continuity for national and international organisations. This paper describes a risk assessment process for business continuity management tha...
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Guest Lecturer, International Symposium on Disaster Medical and Public Health Management: Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action Title: Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Washington, DC May 21, 2014
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Guest Lecturer for day-long workshop Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Health Emergency for Large Populations (HELP) Course Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Baltimore, MD January 16, 2014
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Guest Lecturer for day-long workshop OSG Medical Reserve Corps at US Federal Training Center Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Leesburg, VA December 5, 2013
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Guest lecturer for day-long workshop, WHO Consultation for Developing a Curriculum Framework for Public Health Risk Management Title: Principles of Disaster Risk Management Title: Principles of Disaster Risk Assessment Amann, Jordan November 25, 2013
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Guest lecturer for day-long workshop, WHO Consultation for Developing a Curriculum Framework for Public Health Risk Management Title: Principles of Disaster Risk Management Title: Principles of Disaster Risk Assessment Amann, Jordan November 25, 2013
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Background: The Eastern Africa region is regularly affected by a variety of disasters ranging from drought, to human conflict and population displacement. The magnitude of emergencies and response capacities is similar across the region. In order to strengthen public health disaster management capacities at the operational level in six countries o...
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Before the 1970s, the United States sometimes disposed of at sea excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions, including chemical munitions (1). Chemical munitions known to have been disposed of at sea included munitions filled with sulfur mustard, a vesicant (i.e., an agent that causes chemical burns or blisters of the skin and mucous membranes) (...
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Guest lecturer for day-long workshop, HHS Public Health Preparedness Summit Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Atlanta, GA March 14, 2013
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Guest Lecturer for day-long workshop HHS/OSG Medical Reserve Corps at US Federal Training Center Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Leesburg, VA February 20, 2013
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Keynote speaker and moderator Workshop for Reducing Disaster Risk for a Healthy Pacific Title: Disaster Risk Reduction in Pacific Islands Honolulu, HI February 4, 2013
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Guest Lecturer, HHS Office of Global Affairs (OGA) Title: Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Washington, DC January 18, 2013
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa is vulnerable to several natural and man-made disasters. We used the CDC Automated Disaster and Emergency Planning Tool (ADEPT) to develop all-hazards disaster management plans at district level in three eastern African countries. METHODS: During July 2008-February 2011, we used the automated disaster and em...
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Guest Lecturer for day-long workshop, HHS/OSG Medical Reserve Corps at US Federal Training Center Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Leesburg, VA December 5, 2012
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Lecturer for day-long workshop, DHHS Integrated Medical, Public Health Preparedness and Response Training Summit Title: Planning for Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Nashville, TN May 23, 2012
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Editor Ben Wisner
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Guest Lecturer, University of Iowa School of Public Health Title: Disaster Risk Reduction Iowa City, IA November 9, 2012
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Keynote speaker Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee of Ottawa, 13th Annual Symposium Title: Principles of Preparedness for Hospital Evacuation Ottawa, Canada October 26, 2012
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Guest Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Title: Principles of Disaster Planning Baltimore, MD October 16, 2012
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Objective: An 8.3 magnitude earthquake followed by tsunami waves devastated American Samoa on September 29, 2009, resulting in widespread loss of property and public services. An initial and a follow-up Community Needs Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) objectively quantified disaster-affected population needs. Methods: Usi...
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Keynote speaker and moderator Asia Pacific Economic Consortium (APEC) Training Project on Building Public Health Emergency Response Capacity Title: Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Shanghai China September 25, 2012
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The 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai China (Expo) was the largest mass gathering in world history, attracting a record 72 million visitors. More than 190 countries participated in the Expo, along with more than 50 international organizations. The 2010 Expo was six months in duration (May 1 through October 30, 2010), and the size of the venue site...
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Guest Lecturer and Panel Moderator, Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Workshop Title: Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Honolulu, HI August 15, 2012
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Guest Lecturer, Annual Public Health Preparedness Conference Title: The Emergent Use of Social Media Anaheim, CA February 22, 2012
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Guest Lecturer, Annual Conference of the American Meteorological Society Title: Preventing Disasters: Disaster Risk Reduction for Environmental Health New Orleans, LA January 24, 2012
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Guest Lecturer, 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment Title: Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Washington, DC January 18-20, 2012
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Guest Lecturer, California Governor’s Conference on Extreme Climate Risk and California’s Future Title: Disaster Risk Reduction as a Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change San Francisco, CA December 15, 2011
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Guest Lecturer, Medical Reserve Corps Regional Conference Title: Integrating the Medical reserve Corps into Disaster Risk Reduction St. Louis, MO November 30, 2011
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Guest Lecturer, American Meteorological Society, Earth Observations, Science and Services for the 21st Century Title: Use of Weather Information for Public Health Emergency Planning Washington, DC November 2, 2011
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Tsunamis have the potential to cause an enormous impact on the health of millions of people. During the last half of the twentieth century, more people were killed by tsunamis than by earthquakes. Most recently, a major emergency response operation has been underway in northeast Japan following a devastating tsunami triggered by the biggest earthqu...
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The recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Japanese earthquake/tsunami radiation disaster have increased public concerns regarding the public health impact of industrial disasters. Industrial disasters are known to impose a unique set of challenges for public health emergency response. There are critical gaps in scientific knowledge regarding asses...
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Guest Lecturer, American Medical Association, National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium Annual Meeting Title: The Emergent Use of Social Media Chicago, IL July 20, 2011
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Few regions of the world are at higher risk for environmental disasters than the Pacific Island countries and territories. During 2004 and 2005, the top public health leadership from 19 of 22 Pacific Island countries and territories convened 2 health summits with the goal of developing the world's first comprehensive regional strategy for sustainab...
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Guest Lecturer, World Congress for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Title: Austere standards of medical care Beijing, China June 1, 2011
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The Ministry of Health of Panama (MINSA) received several reports of ill persons who had clinical presentations of acute renal insufficiency or failure during September and October 2006. On 01 October 2006, the MINSA formally asked the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with...
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Guest Lecturer, DHHS Integrated Medical, Public Health Preparedness and Response Training Summit Title: Integrating Volunteers into Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction Grapevine, TX May 4, 2011
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Background Disaster risk reduction (DRR) has emerged as a core element of sustainable development. (UN/ISDR 2002). Reducing risk requires long-term engagement (O'Brien 2006), and the actual work of DRR is largely a task for local communities. (Schipper 2006). DRR shares some tenets with preventive medicine (Sidel 1992). As in preventive medicine, r...
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Background Global warming is predicted to increase the number and severity of extreme weather events. (IPCC 2007) But we can lessen the effects of these disasters. “Critically important will be factors that directly shape the health of populations such as education, health care, public health prevention and infrastructure.” (IPCC 2007) A comprehens...
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Global warming could increase the number and severity of extreme weather events. These events are often known to result in public health disasters, but we can lessen the effects of these disasters. By addressing the factors that cause changes in climate, we can mitigate the effects of climate change. By addressing the factors that make society vuln...
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Social media are forms of information and communication technology disseminated through social interaction. Social media rely on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that are collaborative, decentralized, and community driven. They transform people from content consumers into content producers. Popular networking sites such as MySpace™,Facebook™,Twitter™, a...
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Social media are forms of information and communication technology disseminated through social interaction. Social media rely on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that are collaborative, decentralized, and community driven. They transform people from content consumers into content producers. Popular networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, an...
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The leadership in each jurisdiction of the world has been described as legally, morally, and politically responsible for ensuring that necessary and appropriate actions are taken to protect people and property from the consequences of emergencies and disasters. As emergencies often evolve rapidly and become too complex for effective improvisation,...
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Guest Lecturer, Pacific Island Health Officers Meeting “Sea level rise disaster in Micronesia” Pago Pago, American Samoa March 30, 2010
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Guest Lecturer, Central United States Earthquake Consortium “Public health issues related to earthquakes” Feston, MO March 19, 2010
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Guest Lecturer, Disaster Medicine 201: Post-Earthquake Medical Challenges in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Title: The public health impact of climate change; and Concept of operations for mass casualty management Festus, MO March 18-19, 2010
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Guest Lecturer, Disaster Medicine 201: Post-Earthquake Medical Challenges in the New Madrid Seismic Zone Title: The public health impact of climate change and Concept of operations for mass casualty management Festus, MO March 18-19, 2010

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