Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response
CASPER is a household-level assessment designed to provide information about the health status and basic needs of a community, allowing public health and emergency managers to make informed decisions. This session will describe how CASPER has been used to effectively prepare and respond to emergencies as well as to assess public health needs of a community in non-disaster settings. By examining CASPER data from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and other recent disasters, this presentation will demonstrate how CASPER findings can impact emergency response and recovery efforts and increase public health capacity for emergency response.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Explain the AJPH disaster epidemiology framework and how CASPER fits into the overall framework
• Describe evidence of the effectiveness of CASPER as an emergency management tool
• Summarize key impacts from recent CASPERs
Presenter: Amy Helena Schnall MPH
Amy Helene Schnall is a disaster epidemiologist within the National Center for Environmental Health. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Sociology and African American Studies from Princeton University and went on to study Behavioral Science and Health Education at Emory University, where she received her Masters degree in Public Health. Ms Schnall also earned a Certificate in Field Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Since joining NCEH in 2008, she has been the project coordinator for the NCEH Disaster Epidemiology Training program and the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). Ms Schnall has been involved in numerous disaster response activities including deploying for the recent 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
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