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Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD

  • Senior Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

621 E. Pratt Street
Suite 210
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

443-573-3307

Biography - Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

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Education

PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
AB, Bryn Mawr College, 1986

Overview

Dr. Schoch-Spana, a medical anthropologist, is a Senior Scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Areas of expertise include community resilience to disaster, public engagement in policymaking, crisis and risk communication, and public health emergency preparedness.

Her principal goal is to work to influence policy and practice in ways that reduce human suffering and social disruption in the case of epidemics and disaster. To that end, she has sought to:

• Reframe the management of public health emergencies to surpass strictly technical and biomedical matters and to include social, civic, and ethical-moral dimensions

• Conduct and translate research that has real-world implications for strengthening disaster readiness, response, and recovery as well as community resilience

• Inform emergency planning and operations to be behaviorally realistic and mindful of the power of citizens and civil society to help manage extreme events

Since 1998, Dr. Schoch-Spana has briefed federal, state, and local officials, as well as medical, public health, and public safety professionals, on critical issues in health security. National advisory roles include serving on the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the NASEM Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during Large-Scale Emergency Events.

  • Disasters
  • Epidemics
  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Health Security
  • Community Resilience
  • Community Engagement
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Public Policy
  • Crisis Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Qualitative Research

Recent Publications - Community Resilience to Disasters; Public Engagement in Preparedness Policymaking

  • Schoch-Spana M, Gill K, Hosangadi D, Slemp C, Burhans, R, Zeis J, Carbone E, Links J. The COPEWELL Rubric: A Self-Assessment Toolkit to Strengthen Community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019;16(13):2372. pii: E2372. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16132372.
  • Schoch-Spana M, Gill K, Hosangadi D, Slemp C, Burhans R, Zeis J, Carbone E, Links J. Top-Down and Bottom-Up Measurement to Enhance Community Resilience to Disasters. American Journal of Public Health. 2019;109:S265-S267. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305151.
  • Daugherty Biddison EL, Faden R, Gwon HS, Mareiniss DP, Regenberg AC, Schoch-Spana M, Schwartz J, Toner ES. Too many patients…A framework to guide statewide allocation of scarce mechanical ventilation during disasters. Chest. 2019 Apr;155(4):848-854. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.09.025. Epub 2018 Oct 11.
  • Schoch-Spana M, Ravi S, Meyer D, Biesiadecki L, Mwaungulu G. High performing local health departments relate their experiences at community engagement in emergency preparedness. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2018 Jul/Aug;24(4):360-369. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000685.
  • Schoch-Spana M, Ravi S, Meyer D, Biesiadecki L, Mwaungulu G. High performing local health departments relate their experiences at community engagement in emergency preparedness. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2018 Jul/Aug;24(4):350-359. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000680.
  • Composite of Post-Event Wellbeing (COPEWELL)
  • Epidemic Recovery Metrics
  • National Dialogue on Allocation of Scarce Resources in Disasters