APHA Launches the fourth edition of 'Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide'

Date: May 18 2017

Contact: Louise Dettman, 202-777-2509

Washington, D.C., May 18, 2017 — APHA Press announces its launch this month of the fourth edition of "Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide." Written by APHA members Linda Young Landesman, DrPH, MSW, and Rita V. Burke, PhD, PMH, the book is the only comprehensive work that provides a thorough foundation regarding public health's permanent role and responsibility in disaster management. Recent disasters have forced public health and disaster management professionals to reevaluate their approaches to emergencies. This latest edition shows how these disasters have shaped emergency preparation and response, and offers guidance on how best to handle new challenges.

Amendments to the guide take into account the most current federal preparedness guidance from the National Preparedness Goal, the National Health Security Strategy and the National Response Framework. The book includes additional updates to emerging approaches for public health surveillance, laboratory and disaster information systems, as well as hospital surveillance.

"Disasters pose a number of unique problems not encountered in the routine practice of emergency health care," note the authors in the opening chapter. This fourth edition profiles new threat and hazard identification, alerting and warning systems, along with the use of new electronic technologies to communicate — such as smartphone apps, texting and Twitter.

Also new, environmental health and occupational health each have their own chapter with updates on environmental standards and common foodborne diseases. This is an essential resource for those who find that, by virtue of their work, they must have more than a core understanding of public health disaster management.

Book ordering information: Available now, published by APHA Press, "Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide," ISBN: 978-0-87553-279-0, softcover, 745 pages, list price: $85 (APHA member price: $59.50). To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; email APHA Press at or visit the APHA Bookstore. To request a review copy, email David Hartogs.


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