TxHRH103: Protecting Your Physical and Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster
TxHRH103: Protecting Your Physical and Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster is third in a eight-course learning series.
It’s important to prepare yourself and your family when responding to a hurricane disaster, explain what your first responder responsibilities are and have communication and evacuation plans ready for your family to keep them safe in your absence.
Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners
- List and discuss the different possible physical effects of a disaster – and hurricanes specifically
- List and discuss the different possible mental effects of a disaster – and hurricanes specifically
- Describe how to strengthen employee resilience through preparedness activities for themselves and for their families
- Describe different methods/activities to mitigate the physical and mental health effects of disasters
Stephen Murphy, PhD, MPH, MBA
Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Health Sciences,
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Stephen Murphy has significant practice-based experience shaping and implementing local, state, federal, and private sector public health emergency preparedness, homeland security, and disaster management and resilience programs. His experience includes developing and managing preparedness plans, exercises, and operational responses for major metropolitan jurisdictions addressing environmental threats such as Ebola Virus Disease, hurricane evacuation, pandemic influenza, coastal oil spills as well as planning for high-threat events of national significance such as the Super Bowl and other large-scale mass gatherings.
He has served on numerous state-wide advisory boards in Louisiana and was the former Planning Section Chief for New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness in the years following Hurricane Katrina.
Murphy has delivered numerous national and statewide conference and townhall presentations covering public health emergency preparedness and disaster management topics. His research is focused on developing effective, actionable disaster resilience strategies – personal and systems-level – as well as the cumulative impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing environmental health threats, disasters, and health disparities.
Jennifer Kiger, MPH
Jennifer Kiger, MPH is the Chief of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at Harris County Public Health.
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Public Health at UTHSC 2006.
Her experience includes: Epidemiologist for the Houston Health Department, Program Manager for the Centers for Public Health Preparedness, and various preparedness management positions at Texas Department of State Health Services.
She has responded to several events including 2008 Hurricanes, H1N1 2009, TX West Nile Response, TX Wildfires 2010, Flooding 2016, Hurricane Harvey 2017, and ITC Chemical Response 2019.
Alison Hare, MIA
Alison Hare is the Community Resilience Officer with the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at Harris County Public Health (HCPH). She is working on strengthening community resilience throughout Harris County and integrating community resilience in all of Harris County Public Health work.
Alison was the Lead for the Community Assessment Task Force during HCPH's response to Hurricane Harvey, and was the Operations Chief for Community Assessments for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) focusing on recovery after the storm.
Alison has 10 years of experience in disaster preparedness and response locally, nationally, and internationally. She has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and over 10 years of experience in international development, and program development and management.
Alison received her Bachelor's degree in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia where she focused in environmental resilience and sustainability.
- 1.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing TxHRH103: Protecting Your Physical and Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster
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