Epidemiological preparedness and response to environmental disasters

The meeting will start at 14:00 and end at 18:00 on August 31st and will be held at the Grand Hotel Ritz (Via Domenico Chelini, 41,00197 Roma). This is very near (11 minute walk) to the main ISEE conference centre.

Meeting Purpose
Disasters are often described as a result of the combination of: the exposure to a hazard, the conditions of vulnerability that are present, and insufficient capacity to reduce or cope with the potential negative consequences. Disaster impacts may include loss of life, injury, disease and other negative effects on human physical, mental and social well-being, together with damage to property, destruction of assets, loss of services, social and economic disruption and environmental degradation”.
In addition to the extreme weather and climate change, there are some other conditions which gives environmental-health epidemiology a particular relevance in preventing, responding to, and evaluating the environmental health effects such as:

•    Increasing population density mainly in high-risks areas
•    Increased technological hazards and dependency
•    Increased terrorism: biological, chemical, radiological
•    Aging population and increasing co-morbidities in industrialized countries
•    Emerging infectious diseases
•    International travel (global village)

Relevant to all phases, epidemiological approaches may assist in particular to:

•    establish health care and other priorities to prevent or contain events
•    detect and respond to epidemics
•    evaluate effectiveness of public health programs and interventions
•    ensure effective targeting of resources
•    evaluate quality of health care and other support services

This meeting will bring together experiences to increase awareness and support to implementation of an effective epidemiological response to environmental events.

To share epidemiological tools and experiences on response to environmental disasters


If you are interested in attending, please email plauriola@arpae.it to confirm your place, as space is limited.

Time Activity Speaker
14:00-14:10 Objectives of the meeting Paolo Lauriola, ARPAE Emilia Romagna,
Giovanni Leonardi, PHE.
14:10-15:00 a) Overview on environmental epidemiology, response activities and capacity building for environmental emergencies
b) Overview on Disaster Epidemiology, available resources and response activities
Dr. Amy Wolkin, Ethel Taylor, (US-CDC), ARPA-ER
15:00-15:15 Coffee
15:15-16.00 Establishing a flooding cohort:
(a) techniques for identification people affected, rapid exposure assessment, measurement of secondary stressors;
(b) lessons learnt and interaction with policy process
Isabel Oliver and Daiga Jermacane,
Giovanni Leonardi, PHE
16:00-16:20 The lesson learnt in the field of environmental-health investigation from the Seveso, Italy accident Dario Consonni
Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Italy
16:20-17:20 Lessons from the Emilia-Romagna (Italy) earthquake to enhance resilience of local communities.
a) psychological distress
b) health impact
c) training
Gabriella Aggazzotti, Modena and Reggio Emilia University,
Giuliano Carrozzi,Local Health Authority of Modena
Paolo Lauriola, Arpae Emilia-Romagna
17.20-17.40 Health surveillance after natural disasters. lessons learnt from Italian earthquakes Roberta Pirastu, Sapienza Rome University, President elect Italian Epidemiological Association
17:40-18:00 General discussion