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Irwin E. Redlener

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center (in the Earth Institute); Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness in the Earth Institute
School: 
Public Health
Department: 
Health Policy and Management Department
Office: 
215 West 125th Street, Suite 303
Email: 
ir2110@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-535-9707
Fax: 
212-535-7488
Appointments
  • Director, Earth Institute, Program on Child Well-Being and Resilience
Biography

Dr. Irwin Redlener is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. He and his team have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems readiness with respect to disasters. He has written and spoken widely on the response to Hurricane Katrina, U.S. readiness for pandemics and the concerns of children as potential targets of terrorism. Dr. Redlener has also had more than three decades of experience providing healthcare to medically underserved children in rural and urban communities throughout the U.S.

As founder and president of the Children's Health Fund, he is a renowned advocate for access to healthcare for all children. Dr. Redlener served as a principal developer and president of the new Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. He has been a formal and informal adviser to the president and various cabinet members since 1993, over the last few years working with key members of the U.S. Congress on disaster preparedness and child health access. In 1993 & 1994, Dr. Redlener served as special consultant to the National Health Reform Task Force for the Clinton White House.

He has taught medical students in rural Honduras and has led or assisted in international disaster relief in Central America and Africa. Dr. Redlener has also created a series of direct medical relief programs and public health initiatives in the Gulf region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Research & Other Works
Article
Acts of terrorism and mass violence targeting schools : Analysis and implications for preparedness in the USA
Article
Schools and Terrorism: Global Trends, Impacts, and Lessons for Resilience
Report
The American Preparedness Project: Where the US Public Stands in 2015
Report
Anger Versus Fear: Perceptions of Terrorism Among the American Public
Report
Children in Disasters: Do Americans Feel Prepared? A National Survey
Article
Disaster Prepared: How Federal Funding in the United States Supports Health System and Public Health Readiness
Article
Climate Change and Health on the U.S. Gulf Coast: Public Health Adaptation is Needed to Address Future Risks
Article
The Medical Home and Care Coordination in Disaster Recovery: Hypothesis for Interventions and Research
Report
Children as Potential Targets of Terrorism: Conference Report
Article
Pediatric Terrorism Preparedness National Guidelines and Recommendations: Findings of an Evidenced-based Consensus Process
Article
Disaster and Terrorism Preparedness: What Pediatricians Need To Know
Article
Terrorism and preparedness: What September 11 and its aftermath mean for physicians
Article
Preparing for disasters: What should you know, and when should you know it?
Article
Recovery Research, Katrina's Fifth Anniversary, and Lessons Relearned
Report
How Americans Feel About Terrorism And Security: Two Years After 9/11
Article
Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned, Again
Report
Children’s Health after the Oil Spill: A Four-State Study Findings from the Gulf Coast Population Impact (GCPI) Project
Report
Legacy of Katrina: The Impact of a Flawed Recovery on Vulnerable Children of the Gulf Coast
Report
Snapshot 2005: Where the American Public Stands on Terrorism and Preparedness Four Years after September 11
Book chapter
Children in a Post-9/11 World
Book chapter
Homelessness and its Consequences
Article
Are our children terrorist targets?
Article
Katrina, Rita, and the Failure of Imagination
Article
Preparing Health Professions Students for Terrorism, Disaster, and Public Health Emergencies: Core Competencies
Article
Chronicles From Out-of-State Professionals: Providing Primary Care to Underserved Children After a Disaster: A National Organization Response
Report
Ethical and Legal Challenges Posed by mandatory Hurricane Evacuation: Duties and Limits
Article
National Preparedness Planning: The Historical Context and Current State of the U.S. Public's Readiness, 1940-2005
Article
Pediatricians Providing Sophisticated Care Under Extreme Conditions
Article
Critical Concepts for Children in Disasters Identified by Hands-on Professionals: Summary of Issues Demanding Solutions Before the Next One
Book chapter
Bioterrorism
Report
Responding to an Emerging Humanitarian Crisis in Louisiana and Mississippi: Urgent Need for Health Care "Marshall Plan"
Book chapter
Life under the "new normal": notes on the future of preparedness
Article
The Pediatrician and Disaster Preparedness
Article
The Willingness of U.S. Emergency Medical Technicians to Respond to Terrorist Incidents
Article
Are We Ready Yet to Deal with Large-Scale Disasters?
Article
Homeland Preparedness for Major Terrorism in 2006: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time
Article
Children and Megadisasters: Lessons Learned in the New Millennium
Article
Public Health Disaster Research: Surveying the Field, Defining its Future
Report
Emergency Preparedness: Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities
Article
Safer Schools in an Age of Mass Violence: Back to the Basics of Public Health
Establishing Permanent Mental Health Programs Post-Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Practice in Underserved Communities Impacted by Mass Trauma
Article
Lessons from Katrina – What Went Wrong, What Was Learned, Who’s Most Vulnerable.
Article
Mitigating absenteeism in hospital workers during a pandemic
Article
The Future of Pediatric Preparedness
Report
How Americans Feel About Terrorism and Security: Three Years After September 11
Article
Health care system planning for and response to a nuclear detonation
Report
Uncommon Sense, Uncommon Courage: How the New York City School System, Its Teachers, Leadership and Students Responded to the Terror of September 11
Book chapter
Homeless Women and Their Children in the 21st Century
Article
Rural and suburban population surge following detonation of an improvised nuclear device: A new model to estimate impact
Report
How Americans Feel About Terrorism and Security: Two Years After September 11
Article
The 9/11 terror attacks: Emotional consequences persist for children and their families
Article
Access Denied: Taking Action for Medically Underserved Children
Article
Lessons from Sandy — Preparing Health Systems for Future Disasters
Article
Constructive Conflict Management and Coping in Homeless Children Adolescents
Article
The Homeless Child Health Care Inventory: Assessing the Efficacy of Linkages to Primary Care
Article
System-based Mobile Primary Pediatric Care for Homeless Children: The Anatomy of a Working Program
Article
Overcoming barriers to health care access for medically underserved children
Article
Prevalence and Predictors of Mental Health Distress Post-Katrina: Findings From the Gulf Coast Child and Family Health Study
Article
Children as Bellwethers of Recovery: Dysfunctional Systems and the Effects of Parents, Households, and Neighborhoods on Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children After Hurricane Katrina
Report
Climate Change and the Public's Health: The Coming Crisis for the U.S. Gulf Coast
Article
The Future of Pediatric Preparedness
Report
The Recovery Divide: Poverty and the Widening Gap Among Mississippi Children and Families Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Report
Mississippi Child and Family Health Study – Toplines
Report
The Recovery Divide: Poverty and the Widening Gap Among Mississippi Children and Families Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Report
Day Three: Regional Resiliency and Health Challenges in the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism
Report
Domestic preparedness cuts in the current federal budget threaten infrastructure gains and public health preparedness
Report
Impact on Children and Families of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Preliminary Findings of the Coastal Population Impact Study
Article
Partnership for Preparedness: A Model of Academic Public Health
Report
Preparedness—A Reminder for the Public
Report
The New York City Principals Pandemic Flu Survey: Are Schools Prepared?
Report
The American Preparedness Project: Where the US Public Stands in 2007 on Terrorism, Security, and Disaster Preparedness
Report
The Legacy of Katrina's Children: Estimating the Numbers of Hurricane-Related At-Risk Children in the Gulf Coast States of Louisiana and Mississippi
Article
Population Vulnerabilities, Preconditions, and the Consequences of Disasters
Report
The 2008 American Preparedness Project: Why Parents May Not Heed Evacuation Orders and What Emergency Planners, Families and Schools Need to Know
Report
Pediatric Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorism: A National Consensus Conference: Executive Summary
Report
Pediatric Preparedness for Disasters, Terrorism and Public Health Emergencies: A National Consensus Conference: Executive Summary and Final Report
Report
Pediatric Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters, Terrorism, and Public Health Emergencies: A National Consensus Conference: 2009 Update
Report
Regional Health and Public Health Preparedness for Nuclear Terrorism: Optimizing Survival in a Low Probability/High Consequence Disaster
 

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