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Results of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) to the 2014 South Napa (California) Earthquake


Held Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sponsored by the Disaster Epidemiology Special Interest Group


On August 24, 2014, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck in Napa County, California. Local and state public health officials responded, which included conducting a community public health assessment in the affected community. During this webinar, local and state public health officials from California will present information on that assessment, including a focus on injuries, chronic disease exacerbation, mental health, household property damage, and emergency preparedness. 


Learning objectives of webinar:


1. To describe the objectives of the community public health assessment.

2. To describe how the assessment was planned and conducted.

3. To describe community needs and injuries following an earthquake.





  • Jennifer Henn, PhD, Epidemiologist with Napa County Public Health
  • Svetlana Smorodinsky , MPH, Research Scientist with California Department of Public Health
  • Kathleen Attfield, ScD, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with California Department of Public Health
  • Christine Dobson, ScD CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow with California Department of Public Health

The webinar was moderated by David Zane, Epidemiologist, Texas Department of State Health Services.


This webinar was sponsored by the Disaster Epidemiology Special Interest Group. This is the self-directed group with projects and activities decided by the members. This group provides a forum for Safe States members with an interest in disaster epidemiology to: 

  • Express ideas;
  • Learn best practices;
  • Contribute to expert discussions with peers and colleagues;
  • Stay informed about current developments; and
  • Build a network of professional contacts in the field.


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