Foluso Agboola, MD, MPH
Dr. Foluso Agboola is a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Her background training is in medicine, quality improvement research, and public health. Dr. Agboola has 3 years of experience in emergency preparedness research, and her work has focused on designing and implementing methodologies needed for data analysis on public health emergency preparedness exercise and drills. She is involved in developing and validating assessment tools used to evaluate performance of the public health workforce during simulated public health emergencies.
Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Director of Operations for Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Biddinger chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness, and he is a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Biddinger has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of disaster medicine and preparedness. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. Dr. Biddinger completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.
Ben Dauksewicz, MA
Ben Dauksewicz is the Program Manager of the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program. He manages the design, execution, and evaluation of exercises for public health partners including hospitals, public health departments, and first-responders. Additionally, he supports the development of both specific and all-hazard tools and resources to assist planners and responders before, during, and after incidents.
Mr. Dauksewicz has over five years of experience in emergency planning, response, and recovery. His background includes working with Local, State, and Federal partners on issues including evacuation planning, mass care, and public health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy and maintains certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Jendy Dunlop, MPH
Jendy Dunlop is the Planning Project Coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program. Ms. Dunlop has four years of experience in hospital and public health emergency preparedness planning and response. Prior to joining HSPH, Ms. Dunlop led Federally funded individual and regional preparedness planning initiatives for 29 trauma and acute care hospitals encompassing Ohio’s Homeland Security Planning Region 4. She has collaborated extensively with local and state emergency management partners and has been activated as the Central Ohio Trauma System’s Hospital Incident Liaison, providing situational awareness, coordination of response, and resource allocation for partnering hospitals during the H1N1 influenza outbreak and other regional incidents. Her work has focused primarily on hospital safety and security, interoperable communications/mass notification, and medical countermeasure management.
Ms. Dunlop holds a Master of Public of Health Degree with a concentration in Health Management and Policy and is credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP).
Michael Flanagan, MPA, CEM
Michael Flanagan has over ten years of emergency response and preparedness experience in both hospital and pre-hospital settings. While a paramedic, Michael worked closely with multiple health disciplines, such as long-term care, primary care, behavioral health and public health to improve emergency response. Prior to joining EPREP, Michael served as the Director of Security and Emergency Preparedness at Norwood Hospital. He was one of the founding members of the Central Norfolk Regional Emergency Planning Committee, consisting of over twelve different disciplines and six municipalities, and he previously served as the hospital representative on the Southeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Tara McCarthy, MD, MPH
Dr. Tara McCarthy is a regional leader in emergency preparedness planning, implementation, and training with particular expertise in pediatric issues. Dr. McCarthy is a visiting scientist within the Harvard School of Public Health, engaged in developing evaluation tools, providing subject matter expertise, and conducting research associated with various emergency preparedness topics. She developed and led the pediatric preparedness conference in Maine in 2009. She also developed and co-chaired the first pediatric pandemic influenza work-group in Massachusetts and has been an integral member of many of the state committees on smallpox, pandemic influenza, and emergency preparedness. She was a leader in the smallpox vaccination campaign in Massachusetts and was one of the two smallpox-adverse event coordinators in the state.
Dr. McCarthy has lectured extensively on a variety of topics in public health, public health emergency preparedness, infectious disease, and risk communication. She has been involved in over 20 exercises in emergency preparedness including discussion-based exercises, functional exercises, and drills. Dr. McCarthy has authored numerous articles on multiple topics related to public health, various infectious diseases, and emergency preparedness.