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WCUCOM Professor to Aid in Development of National Health Security Preparedness Index

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 15, 2014 - Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of planning, assessment, and competency development at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), will participate in the development of the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). The NHSPI is a tool used to annually measure and advance the health security preparedness at the national and state levels. Dr. Subbarao will participate in this initiative through the Healthcare Task Force, helping to provide subject matter expertise to the 2014 NHSPI development.

Dr. Subbarao graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. His fellowship training in emergency medicine and disaster and humanitarian assistance led him to serve as the director of the Public Health Readiness Office at the American Medical Association (AMA) Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, located in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Subbarao served as deputy editor for the AMA’s publication, “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” and is on the editorial board for The Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). He has had over 60 articles published, edited several journals and books, and continues to stay deeply involved in scholarship and research.