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Are we, as a nation, prepared for a radiological or nuclear attack?

With concern over continued terrorist threats at home and abroad, “dirty bombs,” and the nuclear armament of rogue states, this question is just as relevant today as it was on September 11. Due to limited resources, emergency management officials from many U.S. cities and states rely on the federal government to intercede in the event of such a catastrophe. However, the federal government is also limited in the support it can provide to states, not to mention that federal radiation programs are often not well integrated with state public health offices. To minimize these gaps, the federal government must enhance collaboration with state public health offices and ensure that the integration of these radiologic preparedness programs with other preparedness activities is effective.

This special session of Public Health Grand Rounds not only addressed these challenges, but discussed current efforts to improve the public health community’s ability to prepare for and respond to the threat of nuclear and radiological disaster.

Presented By

RADM Scott Deitchman, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Emergency Response
National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC
Katherine Uraneck, MD
Senior Medical Coordinator, Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Charles W. Miller, PhD
Chief, Radiation Studies Branch
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
Robert L. Jones, PhD
Chief, Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology Branch
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
John Halpin, MD, MPH
Medical Officer, Emergency Preparedness and Response Office
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC
CAPT Daniel M. Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP
Acting Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director

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  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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