Cover of Pub Health Prep.jpgPUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS, a new book edited by Harvard Kennedy School’s Arnold Howitt, Herman “Dutch” Leonard, and David Giles, presents 15 challenging teaching case studies about infectious disease, bioterrorism, and health systems, as well as an introductory conceptual framework on crisis management. Developed for teaching at Harvard for graduate students and executive education participants, these cases can be used to stimulate vital classroom discussion in continuing education of senior practitioners and in master’s programs in public policy, administration, health, and planning. The book is available from the publisher, American Public Health Association Press, Amazon, and other online booksellers.

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Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management is an invaluable resource for those involved in (or just concerned about) the necessary responses to the kinds of life-threatening emergencies that are unfortunately all too common. It fills a gaping hole in the previously available resources by providing real-world case studies that identify vulnerabilities, enhance knowledge, build skills, and draw out lessons that should be learned before the sudden arrival of a major threat to the public.

     John Auerbach, MBA
     President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health
     Former Associate Director for Policy
     US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pandemics, the threat of bioterrorism, and natural disasters have created an enhanced global awareness about the need for a timely and effective response to public health risks. Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management presents 15 teaching cases that provide practical guidelines and specific suggestions to address acute public health threats. It is a must read for all professionals involved in preparedness and response activities worldwide.
     Julio Frenk, MD, PhD
     President of the University of Miami
     Former Minister of Health of Mexico

These provocative and haunting case studies richly capture the public health crises of our time. A daunting stream of challenges serves as a constant reminder that strengthening preparedness must remain a critical societal priority for the future.

     Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH  
     14th US Assistant Secretary for Health
     Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership
     Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

In their new book, Howitt, Leonard, and Giles transport readers through the high-stakes public health emergencies that require timely action in a sea of imperfect data. Through critical case studies, the editors masterfully illustrate the rapid-fire decisions that public health officials are forced to make in a crisis. As a former state health officer who advocates learning from our shared experience, these cases provide an invaluable focus on understanding the complexities of preparedness and show how we can better prepare for emergencies. Great for teaching, review, and reflection, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in understanding critical decision making.

     Paul K. Halverson, DrPH, FACHE
     Professor and Founding Dean
     Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University

We have learned that public health emergencies are not a matter of if, but when. Response and recovery are not interludes between our otherwise stable lives but are now a way of life. In Public Health Preparedness: Case Studies in Policy and Management, Howitt, Leonard, and Giles provide critical insights to prevent reliving the mistakes of the past. This exploration is useful for both those beginning their career and those tested by battle. The analysis and discussion questions can only deepen understanding of the challenges faced during an event and add to the humility needed to succeed in the face of future uncertainty.

     Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA
     Senior Vice President and Deputy Medical Officer
     March of Dimes Foundation
     Former Executive Director
     Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO)