(ENV 1708) Japan's Public Health Response: A First-Hand Account
Dr. Robert Bristow, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, discusses the emergency medical response in Japan immediately following the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. He describes his experiences in documenting Japan's health care gaps and resources. He asserts that the Japanese citizenry had a strong sense of community preparedness, which US policy makers should take note of for future planning, particularly for similar disasters on the U.S. West coast. Lastly, he discusses the benefits of hospital based emergency response teams.