Associate Director, CHHSPhone: (410) 706-8036
Amy Major is an Associate Director with the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), where she assists Director Michael Greenberger in managing the Center’s day-to-day business. To date, Ms. Major has worked primarily on public health issues, Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning, and regional emergency planning for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. In this capacity, Ms. Major has advised numerous agencies and committees, including the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Baltimore City Health Department, the Maryland Judiciary, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland Region III Health and Medical Task Force, on a variety of public health and emergency management issues.
Ms. Major’s work at the Center has focused on projects requiring expertise in public health emergency law. She assisted with the revision of the Maryland Public Health Emergency Preparedness Legal Handbook for the Office of the Attorney General at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, as well as coordinating with representatives from the Maryland Judiciary to prepare the final draft of the Maryland Public Health Emergency Bench Book. Additionally, Ms. Major has presented conference and symposia lectures on a number of issues related to public health emergencies, including liability and immunity of responders; isolation and quarantine; compelled service of health care providers; and compelled medical testing and treatment. Ms. Major assisted CHHS in providing subject matter expertise on prominent legal issues in emergency response to a task force created by the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response to develop best practices for the management of explosive and incendiary incidents, and also provided subject matter expert review of the proposed content of an online toolkit, the “Blueprint for Use of Volunteers in Hospitals and Rural Medical Centers Toolkit,” developed by the Mesa County (Colorado) Health Department and Advanced Practice Center in 2010. Ms. Major assisted the Region III Health and Medical Task Force in creation of a Legal Handbook, Best Practices, and Standard Operating Procedures for the Region III Alternate Care Site, and contributed to the chapter “Legal Issues in Mass Fatality Events” in the recently published book, Death in Large Numbers: The Science, Policy, and Management of Mass Fatality Events.
Ms. Major earned her Juris Doctor and a Certificate of Concentration in Environmental Law from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2007 and graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a B.S. in Education. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.