233448 Health Equity & Public Health Preparedness: Lessons from the Field

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 10:35 AM - 10:55 AM

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH , Deputy Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, Houston, TX
Utilizing the contextual framework of previous emergency & disaster response experiences, the presenter will provide real-life examples of how health equity principles apply to disaster planning and response. The presenter will weave both large-scale emergency response examples involving responses both domestically and internationally to illustrate the importance of working with communities that are most vulnerable to emergencies and associated adverse outcomes. Health equity and social justice themes are critical to emergency response planners and responders alike and attention to these themes can improve the overall response to emergency and disaster scenarios.

Learning Objectives:
1)List examples of the importance of health equity principles in public health emergency response; 2)Describe the continuum of health equity-related work necessary for optimal disaster response and post-disaster recovery.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have participated in emergency and disaster response emergencies and have seen how health equity principles apply to disaster planning and response.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.