State Levers for Protecting Health in Disasters

Tuesday, October 24th

From hurricanes to wildfires, recent natural disasters have affected thousands and created widespread public health crises in many states. This session will explore some of the health threats that arise from natural disasters and levers states have to prepare for and respond to these emergency situations. This panel will feature state and federal perspectives on preparedness strategies, cross agency collaboration, and lessons learned. Speakers from Oregon and Florida will draw from recent experience and share state processes and systems for protecting health before, during, and after these events.

Moderator: Joe Flores, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Virginia Office of the Governor


  • Dr. Eric Gebbie, Planning Section Chief, Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division
  • PDF-icon Jennifer Johnson, Director, Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management, Florida Department of Health
  • PDF-icon Robin Wagner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health