October 13, 2021

COVID-19 and Beyond:

Rethinking Readiness in the face of 21st Century Disasters with Jeff Schlegelmilch
Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public (pass sanitaire required)

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the growing impacts of climate change, old ways of thinking about disasters are growing obsolete.

At the same time, new insights at the intersection of the physical and social sciences, as well as whole community approaches to disaster management are providing clues on how to build disaster resilience in a changing world.

In this lecture, Jeff Schlegelmilch, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Climate School will provide an overview of the dynamics of disasters that we are seeing, their impacts across civil society, and how the latest insights from research are impacting our approaches to building a more just and lasting resilience to current and future disasters.

About the speaker:

Jeff Schlegelmilch is a Research Scholar and the Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In this role he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. Before becoming director, he served as the center’s deputy director for more than five years. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness, including the multi-award winning Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Prior to his work at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission. He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at all levels of government. He is an Opinion Contributor with The Hill and is frequently utilized as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets. He is also the author Rethinking Readiness: A brief guide to twenty-first-century megadisasters published by Columbia University Press. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.

In compliance with French regulations, in order to enter Reid Hall, all guests must provide a pass sanitaire with proof of either full vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours. Thank you for your understanding.


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