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Planning and Practicing for a Disaster

This resource was developed by AHRQ as part of its Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011. Many of AHRQ's PHEP materials and activities will be supported by other Federal agencies. Notice of transfer to another agency will be posted on this site.

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Speaker Biosketches

Mollie W. Jenckes
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Ms. Jenckes is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with appointments in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She has substantial experience in researching hospital disaster responses and she coordinated the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice team that developed AHRQ supported projects in this area. These include the Evaluation of Hospital Disaster Drills: A Module-based Approach (2004) and the subsequent abridged modules published in 2008. Ms. Jenckes has also achieved her Post-Masters in Disaster Preparedness providing a broad range of exposure to federal agencies and other agencies active in developing standards and procedures for disaster response. She has also completed modules on personal/safety disaster response for Primedia Health Care and authored more than 40 peer reviewed publications. Ms. Jenckes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Towson State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and a Master's in Health Science from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

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F. Christy Music
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense &
Americas ' Security Affairs, Department of Defense

Francesca Christy Music is the Program Director for Health and Medical Support in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) for Homeland Defense & Americas' Security Affairs (HD&ASA), Homeland Defense and Civil Support Deputate. She integrates the Department of Defense's (DoD) health and medical programs with federal and international agencies in support of the Department's homeland defense and homeland security preparedness and response activities. She leads federal disaster, public health and medical response policy and planning, and provides operational response in such events. In addition, she serves as a biodefense subjectmatter-expert, supporting policy and Departmental operational activities. From 2006 to August 2008, Ms. Music was an ANSER, Inc. Program Analyst, within OASD (HD&ASA) as the Senior Advisor for Health and Medical Civil Support. Ms. Music retired from the Navy after 22 years of service as a Medical Service Corps Captain in February, 2006. Ms. Music holds two

Baccalaureate Degrees, one in Microbiology from the University of Maryland and another in Medical Technology from Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island. She has also received a Master's Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Southeastern Massachusetts University and an additional Master's Degree in Biological Sciences from Bowling Green State University.

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Cindy Notobartolo
Suburban Hospital Healthcare Systems, Bethesda, Maryland

Cindy Notobartolo is the Corporate Director of Emergency/ Trauma, Safety & Security Service at Suburban Hospital Healthcare Systems in Bethesda, Maryland where she oversees seven departments. She has over 25 years of extensive healthcare administration experience including direct care and clinical supervision. She has a vast knowledge of Emergency Department and Critical Care divisional oversight and is a recognized leader in the field of Emergency Management at the local, state and national level. Her notable emergency preparedness accomplishments include: founding Board Member for the Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Partnership who received a $13 million dollar appropriation for an emergency preparedness model that is transportable across the United States; assistant chair of the Montgomery County collaborative Task Force on Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness; awarded "Highly Prepared Trauma Center" from the National Foundation for Trauma Care. Ms. Notobartolo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Point Loma University, San Diego, California.

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Tom Rich
Abt Associates

Tom Rich is a Senior Associate at Abt Associates. He has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing decision support systems in the areas of emergency preparedness and response, law enforcement, and school safety. For AHRQ, he directed the development of the Hospital Surge Model, which estimates hospitals resources arising from different weapons of mass destruction attacks; the Mass Evacuation Transportation Model, which estimates the transportation resources needed to move patients from evacuating to receiving facilities; and the Emergency Preparedness Resource Inventory (EPRI), which enables states and regions to compile an inventory of resources needed to respond to disasters and other emergencies.

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Current as of May 2009

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