New Report Highlights Public Health’s Vital Role In National Defense

September 2, 2011
by Tony Kimery
Homeland Security Today

"As an emergency physician who was deep in the trenches in the fall of 2001, I can tell you that the entire public health community was dealing with a world that was turned upside down. It was clear to me that emergency physicians and nurses were now on the frontlines of the public health response in this new age of catastrophe, terror and fear,” recalled Dr. Dan Hanfling, Special Advisor on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response to the Inova Health System, in the new report,Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense.

Released Thursday by the Washington, DC-based Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the report features more than 30 firsthand, on-the-ground accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies.


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