From the 2006 News Archive
Center for Health and Homeland Security makes presentation at NATO meeting in Macedonia
Krista Horochena, a 2002 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Senior Law and Policy Analyst at the Center for Health and Homeland Security
(CHHS), traveled to Skopje, Macedonia to make a presentation at the NATO Advanced Study Institute course, Strengthening National Public Health Preparedness and Response for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Agents Threats
, held from June 19 – June 29, 2006. Her presentation, entitled "Using the Law to Prepare for and Respond to Public Health Emergencies" dealt with such issues as uses of the military under the Stafford Act, civilian preparedness and government response.
Held as part of NATO’s Security Through Science Program
, the Advanced Study Institutes are high-level tutorial courses of two weeks’ duration where a subject is treated in depth by lecturers of international standing. Presentations are made to about 100 scientists or research students already specialized in the field, or who have an advanced general scientific background.
Horochena joined CHHS as a Law Fellow in May 2005, and her work focuses on the legal and health policy aspects of counterterrorism. She is currently working with the State of Maryland to develop and write a Maryland Health and Medical Surge Capacity Plan, a management plan detailing how the state’s health care system will respond to an increased demand for its services as a result of a public health emergency. Prior to joining CHHS, Horochena spent three years as an associate attorney with a Baltimore law firm, where she litigated in both State and Federal courts. She previously worked in the University of Maryland School of Law's AIDS Litigation and Counseling Clinic, served as a Law Clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its Toxic and Pesticides Division, and spent three years as a Research Assistant in the University of Wisconsin's Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience.
The Center for Health and Homeland Security was created by University of Maryland, Baltimore President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, to coordinate and expand upon the extensive scientific research, health programs, policy development, training, legal analysis, and government consulting done at the University relating to homeland security. Encompassing all six professional schools, CHHS have been called upon repeatedly by the governmental units within the National Capital Region, the City of Baltimore and surrounding localities, the State of Maryland, and the federal government to address a broad range of problems and policies pertaining to the Nation’s war on terrorism.