Public Health and Emergency Management: Challenges and Opportunities

Policy Work by HSPI's Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force

On Thursday, June 7, 2012 HSPI's Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force hosted a special event on Public Health and Emergency Management. Distinguished practitioners discussed efforts to synchronize policies and programs for these two disciplines. A task force report on the topic was released at the event.

Moderated By
Dr. Robert Kadlec
Member, HSPI Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy

Mr. Raphael Barishansky
Member, HSPI Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force
Chief of Public Heath, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Prince George's County, Maryland


Mr. Edward Gabriel
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mr. Brian Kamoie
Senior Director for Preparedness Policy
White House National Security Staff

Mr. Richard Serino
Deputy Administrator
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Speaker Biography
Dr. Robert P. Kadlec
Serves as a vice president in the global management consulting firm PRTM's Global Public Sector business, based in Washington, D.C. From 2007-2009, he was Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Biological Defense Policy, serving as the president’s principal advisor on issues pertaining to bioterrorism and pandemic influenza preparedness.
Prior to PRTM, Dr. Kadlec served as the staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness under Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), where he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act enacted in 2006. Previously, he served at the White House as a director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting the Biodefense End-to-End Assessment and drafted the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century.

Dr. Kadlec has served in a wide range of joint military, medical and inter-agency policy positions concerning counterterrorism, nonproliferation and counterproliferation of biological weapons. After Sept. 11, 2001, he became special advisor on biological warfare for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Kadlec holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Doctorate of Medicine and Master’s of tropical medicine and hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.
He is a member of the Homeland Security Policy Institute's Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force.


Mr. Raphael Barishansky 
Chief for Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response for Prince George's County, Maryland, where he leads all emergency preparedness and response related activities at the Prince George's County Health Department and serves as head of the Department's Emergency Preparedness & Response Program. The unit works locally and regionally to ensure that the County and its nearly one million residents are prepared for a wide range of public health emergencies, from bioterrorism to naturally-occurring pandemics.

Mr. Barishansky has over 20 years of healthcare experience, primarily in the EMS and Public Health Preparedness communities. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council (NY), an EMS Coordinator for the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System (NJ) and an EMT for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

As an accomplished author and lecturer, he has written feature articles, columns and textbook chapters on a wide variety of topics. He is currently a member of the EMS Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and a Contributing Editor to the EMS Insider and previously served on the EMS Advisory Board at the Fire and Emergency Television Network (FETN). Since 2009, he has served as a Senior Fellow at The George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. He is also a member of HSPI's Preparedness, Response and Resilience Task Force.

Mr. Edward Gabriel 
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In this role, he serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all matters pertaining to and in support of the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. Mr. Gabriel provides strategic oversight to the organization with an emphasis on enhancing state and local preparedness, policies and plans relating to public health and medical emergencies, emergency response operations, financial analysis and advanced development of and manufacturing of critical medical countermeasures for man-made and naturally occurring public health threats.
Prior to joining ASPR, he served as Director, Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity, for The Walt Disney Company. He was responsible for the development and implementation of global policy, planning, training and exercises to manage crisis, provided leadership and direction to east and west coast medical and emergency medical operations, the Walt Disney Studio’s fire department and provided crisis support with global business units. During Crisis incidents his department managed response operations, communications methodology and disaster and business recovery.

Preceding this private sector position, Mr. Gabriel held positions in New York City. He was a twenty-six year Paramedic veteran of New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Emergency Medical Service (EMS) retiring as an Assistant Chief/Division Commander. He was assigned to New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC*OEM) as Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Preparedness and was responsible for all preparedness and planning-related strategy, projects and initiatives until he retired from NYC Government.


Mr. Brian Kamoie 
Senior Director for Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff.  In this role he leads a team of professionals in the development of national policy related to all-hazards preparedness, individual and community resilience, domestic critical infrastructure protection and resilience, and preparedness grants.

While at the National Security Staff, Kamoie has demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of key initiatives, including the Administration’s strategic approach to enhancing national resilience, as reflected in the President’s National Security Strategy; Presidential Policy Directive 8 on National Preparedness, including the first-ever National Preparedness Goal; policies on medical countermeasure development and distribution (e.g., Executive Order (EO) 13527: Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack); biosafety & security (e.g., EO 13486: Strengthening Laboratory Biosecurity); and dual use scientific research.  He has also supported the review and revision of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7 (Critical Infrastructure Protection); EO 12472 (National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications); and EO 12919 (National Defense Industrial Resources Preparedness).

Kamoie also played key roles in the United States response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic; Haiti earthquake (January 2010); Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 2010); and Japan nuclear emergency (March 2011).  He was recognized by the President’s National Security Advisor for outstanding service as part of the National Security Staff H1N1 pandemic influenza team (2009) and Japan nuclear emergency team (2011).

Before joining the National Security Staff, Kamoie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Director of the Office of Policy, Strategic Planning & Communications at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  While at HHS, he led in the development and implementation of key national policies, including the National Response Plan and National Incident Management System, the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act and a number of Homeland Security Presidential Directives.

Prior to his work at HHS, Kamoie was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Management and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where he taught classes in public health law, health services law, and homeland security and public health policy.  He has published many scholarly articles on these topics.  He is a 2009 senior fellow of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, and continues to serve on the adjunct faculty as Professorial Lecturer in Health Policy.


Mr. Richard Serino 
Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 5, 2009. Mr. Serino reported to FEMA on October 19, 2009 and began working directly with Administrator Craig Fugate to build, sustain, and improve the Department's capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Mr. Serino brings 35 years of state and local emergency management and emergency medical services (EMS) experience to his position at FEMA. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. In that role, he bolstered the city's response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks.  He also led citywide planning for H1N1 influenza.

Mr. Serino served as an Incident Commander for over 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston's major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, Boston's Fourth of July celebration, First Night, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a National Special Security Event.

Mr. Serino began working for Boston EMS in 1973; over the years he rose through the ranks and in 1999 became Chief of Department. During his tenure as Chief, he has seen the agency expand and improve to become nationally recognized for the first rate services provided by the agency's EMTs and Paramedics.

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