For this assignment, you must read, analyze and reflect on the following article entitled Building Community Disaster Resilience: Perspectives from a Large Urban County Department of Public Health, 2013 (PDF) (New Window) or (Microsoft Word version – New Window) by Plough, Alonzo, PhD., et. al. from the American Journal of Public Health, 103(7), 1190-1197.


Your assignment will be 3-4 pages of text in length with a separate references page. You are encouraged to use additional research to bolster your point, but are required to concentrate your focus on the issues of the assigned Plough et al., 2013 journal article. In providing your overall analysis and reflection of the article, you should consider and address the following:

The article cites there were critical lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, and Hurricane Sandy. Research one of these incidents, describe a critical lesson learned and analyze it from a Public Health preparedness perspective.

The article cites how improved alignment can link emergency preparedness activities with the prevention components of the Affordable Care Act. Review at least one prevention component of the ACA and illustrate how it will enhance PH preparedness.

How does social media plays a role in PH preparedness? Provide examples.

Could the LA County program work in your respective community? Why or why not?

Reference Page/Works Cited Page


Documenting sources at the end of the research paper consists of listing all of the sources from which you quoted, paraphrased, or summarized. In APA style, the sources in a paper are listed alphabetically on a separate page headed References. It follows the final page of the text and is numbered. By citing your sources, you are letting your reader know that you’ve consulted experts whose ideas and information back up your own thoughts and ideas. You must cite your sources correctly so that your academic integrity is not called into question. If you don’t document, you could inadvertently be plagiarizing. Visit the Empire State College’s Writing Resource Center (New Window) to get help with documenting sources or visit Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation