An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, August 14, 2013.
The U.S. public health community is tasked with more roles and responsibilities than ever before in the nation’s history. That community may soon have to take on even more responsibilities during a radiological emergency. Uncovering the gaps and challenges involved may help in moving toward realistic operational planning without continuing to stress current public health programs.
Narrated by Randy Vivian.
Director, Public Health Preparedness, Homeland Security, and National Resilience, ICF
Audrey Mazurek, MS, has worked at all levels of government for nearly 20 years in public
health and healthcare preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security. She was a program
manager with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Project Public Health
Ready program. She supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the development of an
accreditation and certification program for private sector preparedness. She also served as a public
health emergency preparedness planner for two local public health departments in Maryland, where she
developed over 30 preparedness and response plans, trainings, and exercises. She is currently a director
of public health preparedness with ICF, primarily supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance
Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) program as the ICF program director.
Raphael M. Barishansky, MPH, is the chief of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Department of Health. Prior to establishing himself in this position, he served as executive director of the Hudson Valley Regional EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Council, based in Newburgh, New York. A frequent contributor to the DomPrep Journal and other publications, he can be reached at email@example.com.