Dave talks with Fred Keeslar

 

This discussion moves from 'household preparedness' to public health issues related to resilience.  Dave talks with Fred Keeslar, Director of the Public Health Department and Health Officer for Grand Traverse County. The discussion seeks to differentiate public health from personal health care. What are the measures of public health, and what is the role of the Health Department and the public health profession in maintaining the health of the community?  Keeslar details how much of the work goes well beyond vaccinations and involves constant monitoring of known diseases and other biological threats, as well as developing plans to handle expected and unexpected threats. Keeslar believes 9/11 and the homeland security efforts have vastly improved communication links between critical emergency management agencies and groups.