Dr. Andrew Rucks, professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s department of health care organization and policy, director of finance and administration for UAB’s School of Public Health, and executive director of UAB’s Survey Research Unit, has been named to the Executive Committee of the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition (NPDC). The NPDC’s mission is “to advance community preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery for infants, children, and their families in disasters,” in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters (NACCD), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and various local and state agencies. The NPDC Executive Committee assists in the establishment of pediatric disaster coalitions, proposes suitable actions based on information from national committees, and serves as a source on pediatric affairs in disasters.
[Photo: Dr. Andrew Rucks]
Dr. Rucks’s expertise in conducting research in public health preparedness for all hazards; designing, facilitating, and evaluating drills and exercises; and providing advice to agencies and companies in a variety of areas including continuity of operations planning, process optimization, and strategic planning is a natural fit with the coalition’s specific goals.
Being invited to participate in the Executive Committee of the NPDC brings recognition to the efforts of many public health professionals and institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee that have been working for a decade to create and advance the Southeastern Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Network (SRPDSN).