The mission of the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness is to improve the capacity of the public health workforce in the states of New York and Vermont to respond to current and emerging public health threats with a focus on bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks.
The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cooperative agreement 5 U90 TP224249-04. The contents of these programs are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.
In September 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the Association of Schools of Public Health to develop a national network of public health preparedness centers. Funded by CDC since 2002, the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation. The Center has established itself as a national leader in the production of high-quality, award-winning educational programs, including in-person trainings, satellite and archived presentations, interactive, web-based training and academic courses. The Center also provides technical assistance related to planning and implementing drills and exercises, as well as evaluation support for all the above activities.
The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cooperative agreement 5 U90 TP224249. The contents of these programs are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.
Edward Waltz, Ph.D.
Dr. Waltz is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management & Behavior and Associate Director of the University at Albany Prevention Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY) and conducted postdoctoral work at Syracuse University. He has worked in public health for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining the School, he held a management position at the Onondaga County Health Department where he developed the Surveillance and Statistics Program.
Dayna Maniccia, MS
Assistant Director for Administration
Ms. Maniccia holds an MS degree in health policy and management from the University at Albany School of Public health and is currently pursuing a DrPH in behavioral science. She joined the Center in 2007. Dayna previously served as research associate, public health evaluator, and project coordinator/administrator. She began her career in public health at the Wadsworth Center and has worked at the University at Albany School of Public Health, the UA School of Social Welfare and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Training Program Coordinator
Mark was first involved in emergency preparedness as an active duty member of the U.S. Army in the late 1990s. He helped develop and distribute preparedness education materials on hurricanes and tsunamis in the Caribbean nations of Barbados and Grenada. After leaving the Army in 2000, he joined the Air Force National Guard in Scotia, New York while finishing his double bachelor’s degree in Biology and Sociology, and medical technician and EMT- Basic training. While pursuing his MPH degree he worked closely with the Zoonoses Program at the NYS DOH.
Cheryl Reeves, M.S., M.L.S.
Director of Continuing Education
University at Albany School of Public Health (SUNY)
Cheryl boasts a 20-year career in curriculum development, technical writing and training. She has been part of the development team for numerous web-based courses funded by the New York-New Jersey Public Health Training Center including Orientation to Public Health and the Communicate to Make a Difference series. She has been part of development teams for several web-based emergency preparedness courses including Working in a POD and Personal Preparedness. She holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University at Albany and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Illinois.
Kristin Murphy, MPH
Web-Based Training Coordinator
Kristin holds an MPH degree from the University at Albany School of Public Health and joined the Center in March 2008. While pursuing her degree, she worked with several NYS DOH agencies writing educational materials, including the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Bureau of Dental Health. She also completed a GIS mapping project for the Environmental Protection Bureau within the NYS Office of the Attorney General, which revealed the potential impact of hazardous waste pollutants from junkyards on the New York City Watershed.
Research Associate, Evaluation
Brett is responsible for evaluating all of the Center’s educational programs and assists with evaluation projects related to the University at Albany Prevention Research Center. While an MPH student, Brett conducted numerous evaluations for the NYS DOH including the Obesity Prevention Program’s NYS Strategic Plan for Overweight and Obesity Prevention, the Division of Nutrition’s WIC Vegetable and Fruit Demonstration Project, and an internal evaluation of the units and bureaus within the AIDS Institute. She received her MPH from the University at Albany and her BS from Cornell University.
Colleen holds more than 15 years of administrative service background, including prior positions supporting the Director of the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and the Dean's Office of the Albany Medical College.
Research Administrator, The Research Foundation (SUNY)
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