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The Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH) is convening a professional production of an educational and research-focused webinar on events in Ukraine on September 21, 2022, at 10:00 am Eastern US time. This event is dedicated to bringing reports from the field directly from those physicians, nurses, and health care workers, delivering health and medical care during extreme duress and conditions. September 21 is also International Peace Day, a United Nations-sanctioned holiday.  

This webinar will include live reports from some of the few NGOs actually providing resources, supporting life-saving services and establishing health and medical care to some of the most vulnerable impacted, including gender-based violence and children. These small unfamiliar named humanitarian organizations are among few, who are the first in the field, setting a course for others to join, and augment the help needed.   

Many have asked the SDMPH, “What can we do to help?”  This webinar will provide clarity to the resources and supplies needed from those with “boots on the ground” firsthand knowledge.  Opportunities to contribute and provide donations of requested items will be provided with trusted NGO sources that are operational in Ukraine at this time.  

This will be a gathering of physicians, nurses, and health care special response workforce, and operational NGOs providing in-person presentations and live streaming of status reporting regarding healthcare infrastructure, hospital facility status and casualty workloads.

Special reports on gender-based violence and pediatric impact are anticipated. Planned educational sessions relevant to immediate needs in trauma and disaster medicine will be conducted along with key stakeholder meetings aimed to implement research efforts and sustainable improvement in health and medical education and training in the region. 

Presenters confirmed to date:

Rajeev Fernando, MD

New York based Infectious Disease Doctor

Disaster Medicine Fellow at BIDMC, Harvard Medical School

Founder of CHIRAJ, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in the USA.

CHIRAJ is a global humanitarian organization with a special focus on assisting women and children.

James J James, MD, Dr PH, MHA

Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal

Raymond Swienton, MD

Preparing Nurses to Respond to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies - A Report from the National Academy of Medicine 


Response to Radiological/Nuclear Events, May 26, 2022

Recent increased need -- Medical education in response to radiological/nuclear events to be held May 26, 2022

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH) will offer a 2-hour presentation at 11:00 am EST on May 26, 2022, to address the need for medical education in radiological/nuclear emergency response. 1) Increased need for radiological/nuclear medical training due to recent events 2) Myths and realities of the consequences of radiation exposure and treatment 3) Thermal burns, trauma injuries, and radiation effects – the nuclear medical triumvirate 4) Cutting-edge approaches expected to dramatically increase medical outcomes in nuclear events

Presenters and Expert Panel

Cham Dallas, MS, PhD., Professor, University of Georgia College of Public Health, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Instructor, Radiation Emergency Response, DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness

Arthur Cooper, MD, NYC Health and Hospitals, Columbia University, Chair, National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) Board

Carol J. Iddins, MD, FAADM, Director, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/ Training Site (REAC/TS), Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Regina Hawkins, MPH, Director, Preparedness and Radiation Readiness, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR)

Our Vision

The SDMPH is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of excellence in disaster medicine and public health across a broad global, multiprofessional membership. The SDMPH will provide members with resources, organizational structure, and the means to sustain interprofessional interaction and discourse related to the discipline of disaster medicine and public health.

Our Mission

The mission of the SDMPH 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.

Featured Paper this week 

Civilian Population Victimization: A Systematic Review Comparing Humanitarian and Health Outcomes in Conventional and Hybrid Warfare

Khorram-Manesh, A., & Burkle, F. (2022). doi:10.1017/dmp.2022.96

Impact Factor

COVID Collection

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The SDMPH welcomes new members and looks forward to a strong and enduring partnership. Members will participate in the creation of policies and programs that work toward global health security before, during, and after disasters.

A benefit of membership is a free electronic subscription to Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP), the Society’s official peer-reviewed journal advancing the science and practice of disaster medicine and public health. 

The Society held its first Annual Meeting in July 2015, a second Annual Meeting in July 2016 at Rockville, Maryland, its 3rd Annual Meeting in Newport News, Virginia, September 26-29, 2017, its 4th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on October 21-November 1, 2018, and its 5th Annual Meeting, also in Washington, DC on August 21-23, 2019. No meeting was held in 2020 due to COVID.

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