NCDMPH Disaster Learning webinar series and poscasts feature subject matter experts in disaster medicine and public health. Continue to revisit this page to find out about upcoming events. Past event recordings and slides will also live on this page. Remember to follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts to learn first about the latest speakers and topics.


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Dr. Tom Kirsch, Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health continues his interview with Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about his experiences with the 9/11 attacks, gives recommendations for disaster responders, explains how you and your team can deal with stress, explores ideas to engage citizens in disaster preparedness, gives lessons learned from 9/11, and provides several resources for further learning. Go to: https://soundcloud.com/hjfmilmed 

The next two part series features Dr. Tom Kirsch, Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health interviews Brian Flynn, EdD, Associate Director of Health Systems at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, at Uniformed Services University about his current role and his disaster mental health experiences throughout his careerGo to: https://soundcloud.com/hjfmilmed Resources mentioned in Part 1 and 2 include: NCDMPH Website: usuhs.edu/ncdmph and USU CSTS Website: cstsonline.org/ 


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Past Webinars

New Behavioral Health Tool for the COVID-19 Era

NCDMPH in collaboration with the Center for Study in Traumatic Stress (CSTS) discuss the recently 2nd Edition of the Curriculum Recommendations for Disaster Health and its application.

Link to the guidance document 

New Behavioral Health Tool for the COVID-19 Era Video

Well-Being of Underserved Populations during COVID-19 Crisis

August 19, 2020

The Second webinar in this series explores the physical and mental well-being of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Hear from trusted experts in public health, behavioral
health, social work, and indigenous science that highlight many of the conditions and situations underserved populations have encountered during COVID-19.

Well-Being of Underserved Populations during COVID-19 Crisis

Well-being of Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Crisis Webinar

June 22, 2020

Following the recent publication of A Guide to Support the Well-being of Health Care Personnel during a Crisis(link is external) NCDMPH invited trusted experts in public health, behavioral health, psychiatry, and traumatic stress to highlight human performance issues and mental health concerns of health care workers during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Well-Being of Healthcare Workers Video During Covid

Recording and Transcript from Wildfires Webinar

Fri, January 24, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Jeff Schlegelmilch, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University, interviews David Eisenman, MD, UCLA, and Todd De Voe, MPA, UC Irvine.

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Jeff Schlegelmilch, MPH, MBA
Jeff Schlegelmilch 
is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute, Columbia University.  His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Some topics of past work include developing inter-organizational processes for operational epidemiological modeling, evacuation and sheltering planning for people with medical dependencies, and adapting business intelligence systems for disaster response and recovery operations.

David Eisenman, MD
Dr. David Eisenman is Professor in Residence at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA and Director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters. Dr. Eisenman’s training is in internal medicine, primary care, public health, and health services research. His studies of disasters, climate change, violence, and PTSD have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Forest Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Further details are available at www.cphd.ucla.edu(link is external)

Todd De Voe is the Director, Emergency Management for Titan HST and host of the EM Weekly podcast. After service in the US Navy, Todd served as an emergency medical responder (EMT) in Los Angeles County. Today Todd teaches at Coastline College, is also an instructor of Emergency Management at California State University Fullerton for the MPA program, and at UC Irvine's Certificate of Emergency Management. Todd is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy's Cohort VII and is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, as well as being the Region 9 representative on the University and Colleges Caucus.

About the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH)
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be the Nation’s academic center of excellence leading domestic and international disaster health education and research efforts. In collaboration with partners, we create and translate science and education to improve readiness.

Tools to Help Care for Older Adults in Disasters

May 29, 2019

"Tools to Help Care for Older Adults in Disasters(link is external)" was presented by Dr. Cheryl A. Levine, Senior Advisor for At-Risk Individuals at ASPR (the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response) and Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, Education Director, HJF, NCDMPH/USU.

Dr. Levine discussed the latest Capacity-Building Toolkit for including Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning, which was authored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in collaboration with the HHS office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Ms. Strauss-Riggs discussed the  "Caring for Older Adults in Disasters curriculum" which enables educators to teach health professionals about caring for older adults in disasters and can be be used by a wide range of health professions.

Click the links below to access the recording and slides:



Disaster Health Training

June 14, 2018

Hosted by the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center.  

Kandra Strauss-Riggs, Education Director, and Victoria Klimczak, Project Coordinator at the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) discussed two new educational tools that NCDMPH has developed; the Disaster Health Core Curriculum and a new website and mobile application for Stop the Bleed. 

  1. The Disaster Health Core Curriculum is a free modular, online course covering the 11 core competencies in Disaster Medicine and Public Health and is intended for a wide range of health care professionals. The content was developed by a team of disaster health experts and is delivered in a flexible online format.
  2. The new website and mobile application for Stop the Bleed aids in teaching lay people how to correctly apply pressure to stop life threatening bleeding. 

Click the links below to access the recording and slides:



Building the Evidence Base for Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Systems in Response to Natural Disasters 

February 9, 2018

A series of  webinars, workshops, pilot studies and regional preparedness exercises to discuss the current state and future direction of critical healthcare infrastructure modeling for disaster events. This series is co-sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) with coordination through the Global Change Research Program. The goal is to develop a platform for integrating extreme event forecasts, health risk/impact assessment and population simulations, critical infrastructure (electrical, water, transportation, communication) impact and response models, health care facility-specific vulnerability and failure assessments, and health system/patient flow responses. Many of these components exist individually at present, but they have not been combined. The integration of these models is intended to create a more resilient regional health care system by better understanding critical tipping points in the vulnerability of current health systems during natural and human disasters and build an evidence base for specific interventions.

Webinar 1: State of the Science

Webinar Goals:

This first webinar will focus on the framework and concepts and mechanistic considerations of these models, rather than on specifics of any one of the modular components. Latter sessions will focus on practical applications from the end-user perspective.

  1. Establish the framework for the overall predictive modeling project- its modular components, consideration of the foundational modeling platform, types of expertise to be brought together;
  2. Learn from leading experts about existing research and models that serve as starting points for the main modular components;
  3. Begin to document and catalog the inputs and outputs of the main modular components for comparison with user needs assessment, which will follow.

Webinar 2: Engaging Stakeholders

Webinar Goals:

  1. Explore applications of the modeling framework established in Webinar 1.
  2. Develop initial needs assessment from various sectroral stakeholders, including:

    • Identification of specific planning and response needs

    • Discussion of time and spatial scales

    • Specific types and format of information to be output from models

    • Initial description of potential derivative products

Stop the Bleed: Battlefield lessons to National Campaign

December 14, 2017

On Thursday, December 14th Craig Goolsby, MD, MEd, FACEP, provided an overview on the Stop the Bleed campaign's potential impact on mass casualty events and how combat casualty care science served as the foundation for Stop the Bleed's creation.

In case you weren't able to log on, click below for the recorded webinar video.

Some of the images presented in the webinar may be considered graphic, viewer discretion is advised.

Stop the Bleed-Battlefield Lessons to a National Campaign

From Reaction to Prevention

July 18, 2017

Dr. Mark Keim, CEO of DisasterDoc, provided an overview of disaster response and preparedness approaches and an analysis of how disaster risk reduction strategies can be used to build resilience and produce better outcomes.

In case you weren't able to log on, click below for the recorded webinar video.

From Reaction to Prevention: A Call to Action

Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit

April 21, 2017

On April 21st, public health preparedness leaders, officials and experts met to examine the critical challenges in emergency legal preparedness and policy including federal social distancing powers, emergency use authorizations, SNS distributions, emergency vaccine development, and federal-state implications during the next emerging threat. In case you were not able to attend or view the live webcast here a link for the archieved video.


Education Fact Sheets to Enhance Preparedness and Response

January 18, 2017

Presented by one of the 2016 Disaster Health Education Symposium Poster winners, Joshua Morganstein, M.D. Commander, U.S. PHS, Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Assistant Professor, Assistant Chair, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University. 

Access to the slides and audio


Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Disaster Preparedness

March 31, 2016

Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Disaster Preparedness

Presented by: Rita V. Burke, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Research Surgery and Preventive Medicine Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Webinar Slides PDF

Public Health Incident Leadership

January 28, 2016

Presented by: 
-- Mickey Scullard, MPH, MEP, PHEP Coordinator 
-- Deb Radi, MBA, BSW, Education, Exercises and Planning Unit Supervisor

Webinar Slides PDF

Getting Published: From Peer Review to Print 

October 27, 2015

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 

Presented by: Alice O'Donnell, Managing Editor 

Webinar Slides PDF 

Designing for Unconventional Learning Outcomes and Experiences in Exercises

October 14, 2015

Presented by the following staff members at the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Minnesota Department of Health: 
Mickey Scullard, MPH MEP 
Janice Maine, BS, MEP 
Deb Radi, MBA, BSW 
Webinar Slides PDF  
Competencies Alignment PDF 

Nursing Home Preparedness: A Comprehensive Citywide Approach in New York City

September 22, 2015

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

Presented by: Danielle Sollecito, LMSW
Marc Jean, MPH
Webinar Slides PDF 

Integrating Pediatric Needs into Hospital Disaster Preparedness Policies

August 25, 2015

Poster Winners from Learning in Disaster Health 2014

Presented by: 
Elizabeth Edgerton, MD, MPH 
Anthony Gilchrest, MPA, EMT-P 
Webinar Slides PDF  

Elderly in Disasters: An Integrated Review

June 23, 2015

Poster Winners from Learning in Disaster Health 2014

Presented by the following Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences staff members: 
Heather L. Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP 
Catherine G. Ling PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP 
Webinar Slides PDF  
Competencies Alignment PDF 

Reinventing the Conference Poster: Increasing Learning, Interaction, and Discussion

May 19, 2015

Presented by the following NCDMPH staff members: 
Kelly Gulley, Project Coordinator 
Dr. Brian Altman, Education Director 
Hillary Craddock, Research Associate 
Webinar Slides PDF  

Using Gender Research to Enhance Disaster Public Health

August 29, 2014

Presented by Dr. Elaine Enarson PhD 
Webinar Slides   
Competencies Alignment