Frannie Edwards, Ph.D.

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Frannie Edwards, MUP, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute, and a professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University. She is the editor or co-author of four books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. In her applied emergency management research, she focuses on transportation issues, 
cultural competency, and community preparedness. She is a Certified Emergency Manager with 20 years’ experience, including 14 years in San Jose, where she was Director of Emergency Preparedness, overseeing the Metropolitan Medical Task Force and the Urban Area Security Initiative.

Abstract: Building Public Health Emergency Resilient Communities

Infectious disease has challenged human settlements over all of history, but today we have the opportunity to understand the disease mechanism and think ahead about how the community might prepare to confront infectious diseases. Public health agency infectious disease response plans include a variety of tools, starting with community awareness, surveillance and reporting, protective actions like social distancing, and vaccination. Emergency management organizations are present to support public health with planning for communication, service delivery, patient care resources and community recovery.