Article Out Loud – Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Full article by Raphael M. Barishansky and Andrew D. Pickett, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 15, 2024.

In this feature article, two public health leaders share common risk concerns when natural hazards occur. History shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations.

Listen to expert insights on how mitigating complex public health challenges requires personnel across disciplines to plan, coordinate, and develop response strategies that build a mutual understanding of the potential risks and hazards communities face.

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Raphael M. Barishansky

Raphael M. Barishansky, DrPH, is a public health and emergency medical services (EMS) leader with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of systems and agencies in positions of increasing responsibility. Currently, he is a consultant providing his unique perspective and multi-faceted public health and EMS expertise to various organizations. His most recent position prior to this was as the Deputy Secretary for Health Preparedness and Community Protection at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a role he recently left after several years. Mr. Barishansky recently completed a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Touro College, a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College, and a Master of Science in Homeland Security Studies from Long Island University. His publications have appeared in various trade and academic journals, and he is a frequent presenter at various state, national, and international conferences.

Andrew D. Pickett

Andrew D. Pickett, MS, is a public health and health care emergency preparedness and response leader with over 15 years of experience in local and state government roles.



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