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AMA Launches New Disaster Journal: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Lead studies in first issue focus on Hurricane Katrina aftermath

CHICAGO, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA)
unveiled its newest publication, Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Preparedness, today at its Chicago headquarters. The new quarterly, peer-
reviewed journal is the first comprehensive publication emphasizing public
health preparedness and disaster response for all health care
"Disasters are unplanned, but the response shouldn't be," said Ron M.
Davis, M.D., AMA President-Elect. "Whether disasters are natural or
man-made, infectious disease pandemics or terrorist attacks, physicians,
health care professionals and public health workers must be prepared to
respond to emergencies and aide in the recovery efforts that follow. We
can't predict when a disaster will strike, but as first responders, we can
better prepare ourselves and others to protect the health and safety of our
patients and citizens."
"Public health preparedness does not rest solely on the shoulders of
one group, but is the collective responsibility of the public and private
sector and all components that comprise our health system," said
Editor-in-Chief James J. James, M.D., DrPH, MHA, Director of the AMA's
Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response. "Disaster
Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is an unprecedented resource that
brings together interdisciplinary knowledge and skills from the medical and
public health communities charged with protecting the health and security
of our citizens."
The inaugural issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
covers many vital topics from recent disasters including Hurricane Katrina,
the tsunami in Indonesia and the Oklahoma City bombing. Highlighted studies
include, "Excess Mortality in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: A
Preliminary Report" and "Characteristics of Physician Relocation Following
Hurricane Katrina."
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness was created by the AMA
to promote public health preparedness and the science of disaster medicine.
The journal will serve as a unifying resource for all health care and
public health professionals, the emergency management community and others
in the public and private sector who are essential to emergency planning
and response.
"The events this decade - September 11 and subsequent anthrax attacks,
the tsunami in Indonesia, the earthquake in Pakistan, Hurricane Katrina,
SARS and the fear of pandemic influenza - remind us that health care and
public health professionals must be coordinated and prepared to respond to
emergency situations," said Dr. James.
The journal, scheduled to be published twice in 2007 and quarterly
beginning in 2008, will showcase research and analysis relevant to disaster
medicine and public health preparedness from global experts in all
specialties of clinical medicine, epidemiology, public health and disaster
management. The journal also will feature best practices, guest commentary
from global leaders, and special updates on key topics including public
health law and ethics, advocacy, policy and education.
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is published for the
American Medical Association by leading healthcare publisher Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins, an international provider of quality information in all
media for physicians and other health care professionals in training and in
An online version of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
can be found on the web at The journal also is
available on the Journals@Ovid platform.

SOURCE American Medical Association

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