Public heath expert Drabczyk joins ISU faculty, explores new emergency management certificate program

January 10 2006

With 27 years of experience as a practitioner with county, state and national health organizations, Drabczyk will be able to facilitate real-life public health scenarios and learning objectives for her students.

After the events of 9/11, Drabczyk developed a keen interest in community coalition development and citizen empowerment issues. This led to her dissertation, "Collaboration: Enablers and Disablers," on the shared values of trained citizens and first responders.

In fact, in addition to teaching, Drabczyk is serving as ISU's Health Education Program director, and has launched a feasibility study to develop a Certificate in Emergency Management Program at ISU.

The events of September 11th sparked a growing national dialogue and demand for increased domestic preparedness and emergency management. Drabczyk has a special interest in ensuring that individual citizens and whole communities are prepared, trained and ready to respond to emergencies. As an extension of her dissertation research, and as a community service, Drabczyk is investigating the development of this certificate program based on an interest expressed by leadership from the state of Indiana and Indiana State University.

Working in tandem with Sean McKitrick, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs in the ISU Provost Office, Drabczyk has initiated the first stage of the project - a needs assessment. A feasibility survey utilizing both Web-based forms and one-on-one interviews is being conducted with ISU faculty, as well as providers, employers and agencies in Terre Haute and the broader Vigo County service area.

The results of the feasibility survey will be shared with a collaborative work group, who will determine the next steps toward an ISU Certificate in Emergency Management.

Drabczyk holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn., and earned two degrees from Central Michigan University - a master of arts in Public Health Administration, and a bachelor of science in Health Education and Psychology. She also was an Individual Scholar Award recipient of the Ohio Department of Public Health Leadership Institute.

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A public health expert who has been consulted by clients such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Assistant Professor Anne Drabczyk, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Indiana State University's Department of Health, Safety and Environmental Health Science this fall.

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