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Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CDC chooses Robert Goodman, dean at IU, to chair panel

July 13, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named Robert M. Goodman, dean of Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), to chair an external objective review panel, "Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers."

Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

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The panel review is hosted by the CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHRR) and will take place in Atlanta during the last week of July.

According to the CDC, the purpose of the OPHRR is to prepare the nation for and respond to urgent threats to the public's health. Such examples include natural disasters and severe weather, bioterrorism, mass casualties, and radiation and chemical emergencies. The review panel that Goodman chairs will select future CDC-funded emergency preparedness centers throughout the United States and U.S. territories.

Panel chairs are selected based on their expert knowledge of a specific subject matter, seniority and ability to lead a panel. Accredited schools of public health will convene to collaborate, develop and deliver core competency-based training and education that respond to the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local and tribal public health authorities, and emphasize essential public health security capabilities. Out of this panel review, recommendations will be developed for consideration, including emergency preparedness training; workforce development; national, state and local government collaboration plans; and program evaluation standards.

"I am truly humbled that the CDC selected me to lead this important scientific panel," Goodman said. "I am anticipating the day when our school can apply for such a center grant. Currently, they are available only to schools of public health. Once our school completes its transition to public health over the next several months, we will be in the running for such vital sources of health funding. Certainly, we have the capability of competing successfully having just added a new department of environmental health, along with our nationally designated Occupational Health and Safety Administration-funded Heartland Center, the Center for Community Health Engagement, which works closely with local Indiana communities on health issues, and overall faculty expertise around emergency preparedness and safety."

About the School of HPER

Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation encompasses a broad spectrum of academic interests and professional fields. HPER offers nearly 50 undergraduate and advanced degree programs through its departments of Applied Health Science, Kinesiology, and Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies. To further its health and wellness initiative, Campus Recreational Sports provides sport and fitness services for the IU community and the public. More information can be found at

For more information, contact Cindy Miller at 812- 855-1354 and