Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health     Achieving Global Health Security

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.

Ukraine: Responding to the Humanitarian and Medical Crisis

SDMPH Webinar

“Ukraine:  Responding to the Humanitarian and Medical Crisis” 

September 21, 2022, from Warsaw, Poland, and other locations

Virtual Event - 10:00 am-noon, Eastern US Time

Speaker   Topic  Time (Eastern U.S.)
   Session I  10:00 - 11:02 AM
 James James, MD, DrPH, MHA  Welcome introduction
 Raymond Swienton, MD, FACEP  Boots on the ground reporting: A call to action for boots everywhere!
 Rajeev Fernando, MD  Refugee medicine and gender-based violence on the ground  

 Debra Weiner, MD, PhD

 Local and global pediatric crisis and response

 Cham E. Dallas, PhD

 Prospects for significant radiation encounters in Ukraine

 Larry Mynar  Delivering the "Goods"  
   Break   11:02 - 11:07 AM
   Session II

 11:07 AM -12:07 PM

 Rajeev Fernando, MDIntroduction  
 Derrick Tin, MD  The healthcare impacts of conflicts: A counter-terrorism medicine perspective  
 Jamla Rizek, MBA,MSN, RN, CEN   Frontline nursing  
 Daniel Taylor, EMT-P, TP-C, CCEMTP  Notes from a mobile TCCC training team within Ukraine  
 Donna Wood, RN ACP BN MN  Disaster and Refugee Nursing: Boots on the ground  
 Sergei Borodavko, MD  Trauma management during conflict  
 James James, MD, DrPH, MHA  Concluding remarks  

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (SDMPH) is convening an educational and research focused webinar on events in Ukraine on September 21, 2022.   This event is dedicated to bringing reports from the field directly from those physicians, nurses and healthcare workers delivering health and medical care during extreme duress and conditions few have had to endure.  

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.   

Activity Objectives:

Discuss delivering health and medical care including life-saving interventions during extreme duress and scarce resource conditions in Ukraine. 

Describe clinical and public health services delivery impact and response including scarce resource utilization, addressing gaps in education and training, collaborative integration of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), community medical support, and local healthcare infrastructure in Ukraine.

Identify direct reports from providers implementing lessons learned and novel approaches to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine including gender-based violence and children.

Target AudienceAll Health Professionals who may have a role in Disaster Health, e.g., Physicians, Registered Nurses, EMTs, Dentists, Pharmacists, Public Health Professionals, academic researchers, students, administrators of private and public enterprise involved in disaster response.

Medicine (CME) Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint-providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. The Westchester Academy of Medicine is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Westchester Academy of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is approved for 2 nursing contact hour(s).

How to Obtain CE Credit

Registered participants can claim credit commensurate with participation and complete the evaluation online to earn credit hours and obtain a CE certificate.

Disclosure Statement

The policies and standards of the Westchester Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of the State of New York adhere to the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education and require all planners, faculty and all who have control of educational content identity, disclose and mitigate all financial relationships to the learners.

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health strives to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  All planners, faculty members, moderators, discussants, panelist and presenters participating in this program have been required to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of this program.  This includes relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic.  The intent of this policy is to identify openly any conflict of interest so that the attendees may form their own judgments about the presentation with full disclosure of the facts.  In addition, faculty is expected to openly disclose any off-label, experimental and/or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentation.

The following planners and faculty participants do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials.


James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA

Alice O’Donnell, BS

Ray Swienton, MD

Terris E. Kennedy, RN, PhD

Ruth Anne Steinbrecher, MPH


Serhil Borodavko, MD

Jamla Rizek, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN

Derrick Tin, MD

Rajeev Fernando, MD

Ray Swienton, MD

Debra Weiner, MD, PhD

Larry Mynar

Daniel Taylor, EMT-P, TP-C, CCEMTP

Donna Wood, ACP, RN, BHSc-P, BN, MN

The following faculty have indicated a relationship with the following: 

Cham Dallas, PhD, is a consultant for TAMM Net. The financial relationship listed for this individual has been mitigated and there are no other financial relationships with ineligible companies for those with the ability to control the content of this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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)

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

Become a member

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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