UM Center for Health and Homeland Security Appoints New Public Health Program Manager
Seasoned emergency management professional Trudy Henson, JD, has been named Public Health Program Manager for the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS). Led by Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, CHHS is a leading consulting agency known by public health clients for melding hands on experience with academic best practices.
Since joining CHHS as an intern in 2007, Henson has been an asset to the Center and our public health partners. Her professional experience extends to mass fatality planning, alternate care site planning for local hospitals, legal research for public health policy guides, and exercise development for local health departments. Additionally, she has worked on strategic emergency operations policy development for local and state emergency management entities, energy assurance, critical infrastructure identification and planning, and transit risk assessments.
Henson has a Bachelor of Arts from Berry College, a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Georgia, and graduated from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law) cum laude in 2008. She is a co-author of “Legal Issues in Mass Fatality Events” published by the American Medical Association in 2012, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at UM Carey Law.
Henson replaces Dr. Earl Stoddard, III, a five year veteran of CHHS who recently accepted a position with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. He will serve as the Administrator of their Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program.
With more than 50 legal and public health professionals on staff, the Center routinely works with hospitals and local health departments to develop emergency policies, as well as conduct and evaluate exercises to test response capabilities. For several years CHHS, has also hosted an annual conference with the Middle Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases on current issues facing the public health research community. Henson and Stoddard have both lead planning for this conference. Through the school of law, the Center also developed and continues to teach the course Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response.
CHHS’ expertise also includes planning, exercise, and training in continuity of operations, cybersecurity, interoperability, mass evacuation and sheltering, and resource management.