Kapur, G. B., & Smith, J. P. (Eds.). (2011). Emergency public
health: Preparedness and response. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
For this assignment, you are to read the case study on pages 168-172.
The article illuminates the issues of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of
the Gulf Coast.
Apply what you learned from one of the following concepts described in
this unit to discuss the response efforts to the devastation of the
hurricane: surveillance, available medical resources, emergency
preparedness response, or collaboration with other area agencies. For
example, did they draw on a framework of established systems or created
de novo during the emergency? Were they effective? Did they rely too
much on the federal government during the incident? Did they involve
other agencies? If so, what were their interactions?
Using the concepts learned in this unit, discuss the authority’s concern
for people and the concern for response regarding surveillance of
potential communicable disease and non-communicable disease. How did the
authorities handle these two areas? Was there more concern in one area
than in the other? Include which area you believe the authority’s
behavior in this incident aligns with what the textbook discusses.
Summarize your responses in a minimum two-page Word document.
To supplement your discussion and support your conclusions, you may use
information from reputable, reliable journal articles, case studies,
scholarly papers, and other sources that you feel are pertinent. Do not
use Wikipedia. All sources used, including the textbook, must be
referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying
citations in proper APA style.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply the concepts and
knowledge you learned in this unit on the surveillance of potential
communicable diseases. Also, this provides you with the opportunity to
use your skills, expertise, and experience to enrich your response.