Pausing to Reach Out to the Next Generation of Public Health Professionals – Even During Hurricane Harvey


CAPT Miller (top right) discusses Hurricane Harvey response efforts with UTHealth School of Public Health Student Epidemic Intelligence Society (SEIS) members.  To his left is Dr. Janelle Rios, Director of Public Health Practice and Career Services and co-Director of the Prevention, Preparedness and Response (P2R) Academy.  To the right of CAPT Miller is Dr. Robert Emery, former LCDR US PHS and current vice president of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at UTHealth and co-Director for the P2R Academy.  Pictured to the right of Dr. Emery is Dr. Mitch Rosen, Director of Public Health Practice at Rutgers University and a colleague within the NIEHS family of extramural activities.  Not pictured are researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who assisted in the collection of preliminary physical and mental health status data.

Despite contributing long hours to Hurricane Harvey response efforts, CAPT Aubrey Miller, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Officer to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), participated in an impromptu educational session last week with graduate students from The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health.  CAPT Miller was in Houston as part of the national response to the widespread and prolonged flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  He provided real-life, real-time, boots-on-the ground lessons and discussed the role of public health in disasters.In attendance were members of the UTHealth School of Public Health Student Epidemic Intelligence Society (SEIS) who have a particular interest in both disaster response and a possible career with the Commissioned Corps.  Many of these students participated in an epidemiologic study in one of the mega shelters that temporarily housed evacuees.