Mr. Daniel Baker, a University of South Forida College of Public Health (COPH) DrPH candidate in the advanced practice leadership program, was one of 10 poster presenters in the disaster preparedness category at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting, held in November in Philadelphia.
Mr. Baker’s poster, “Implementation of Closed Point of Dispensing Sites in the Hospital Setting,” was selected from more than 80 entries.
“It was great to be chosen,” said Mr. Baker, who expects to graduate from the online program in the summer. “These kinds of presentations are an excellent way to gain new ideas and advance the field of public health emergency preparedness.”
Mr. Baker works as the planning supervisor for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in Columbus, Ohio. In this role he manages all 57 emergency operation plans for the State of Ohio, reviews the capability of Ohio’s 88 local county emergency operation plans, and handles special projects for emerging threats and hazards.
“My research centers around the use of hospitals as closed point of dispensing (POD) sites for medical countermeasures on behalf of local public health agencies,” said Mr. Baker, who explained that local public health agencies are required to dispense medical countermeasures to the public within 48 hours of a declared pandemic or other public health emergency. “But these agencies are often small and understaffed. To get the job done, they need local partners, like hospitals. As a closed POD site, a hospital would distribute medical countermeasures to its inpatients, hospital staff and the families of the staff, all on behalf of the local public health agency.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 13