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Summit on Caribbean disaster preparedness to be held Feb. 27 in San Juan

By on January 21, 2019

SAN JUAN – A conference focusing on disaster preparedness in the Caribbean will take place Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino in San Juan.
“Caribbean Strong: Building Resilience with Equity,” a three-day summit, is co-sponsored by the nonprofit Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Inc.

The society’s goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. Its stated mission is to “advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.”

The event’s keynote speakers will be Richard Besser, MD, MPH, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who is the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor; and Georges Benjamin, MD, who is executive director of the American Public Health Association.

In addition, local, national and international speakers will participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions on disaster medicine and preparedness topics including:

  • Medically Fragile Populations
  • Infrastructure, Transportation Access and Power
  • Education and Training for Community Resilience
  • Public Health
  • Institutional Response and Resilience
  • Population Mental Health

On Day 3, participants will work on identifying actionable goals and objectives for the response, recovery and preparedness segments of the disaster cycle.

The summit will also feature poster presentations, an exhibit hall and opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing. Papers selected for presentation will be included in the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, which will be available in hardcopy at the event.

For more information or to register, go to Information for exhibitors can be found here:, and details for those interested in sponsoring the event can be found here:



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