The Importance of Health Education in Response to a Biological Attack: A 20th Anniversary Overview of the Anthrax Attack in New Jersey

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Recorded On: 11/09/2021

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Join our presenters Sean and Suzanne, twenty years later, to hear their account of the 2001 anthrax attack that occurred just weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks. Working with people exposed to a biological weapon had its unique challenges and this presentation will take a walk through the health education approaches used, the emotions experienced, the lessons learned, some memories from that time, as well as photos that documented the response. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe the 2001 US anthrax attack.
2. Discuss the health education approaches utilized with the New Jersey postal workers who were exposed to anthrax in 2001.
3. Discuss the challenges and barriers postal workers faced in following public health and prophylactic recommendations.
4. List the key lessons learned which should be considered for future public health education emergency response efforts.

Suzanne Miro, MPH, MCHES®

Sr. Health Communication Specialist, Communicable Disease Service

NJ Department of Health

Suzanne Miro, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with over 25 years of experience in both public and private health sectors.  Ms. Miro is currently the Senior Health Communication Specialist in the Communicable Disease Service of the New Jersey Department of Health focusing on infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, public health emergency response, health education, risk communication, quality improvement, and public health accreditation.  She played an integral role in the design and delivery of educational activities and materials for postal workers who were exposed to anthrax in the fall of 2001 and all major public health responses since that time including H1N1, Ebola, Zika, and SARS-CoV2.  Ms. Miro has spoken nationally on health education emergency preparedness and infectious disease topics and continues to work on issues related to health education capacity building and public information for health emergencies.  Additionally, Ms. Miro has served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees for the national SOPHE organization and held multiple positions in the state SOPHE chapter.            

Sean G. Kaufman, MPH, CPH, IFBA

CEO and Founding Partner

Safer Behaviors (B-BIS, LLC)

For over 25 years, Sean Kaufman has worked to minimize human risk factors within workplace environments by controlling for the interactions between human behavior and environmental conditions. Before leading his own organization, Sean has served at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Rollins School o Pubic Health. During his tenure at both organizations, Sean responded to several emergency situations including 9/11, anthrax attacks, Ebola, H1N1, and both SARS CoV-1 and CoV-2. He has been awarded two Health and Human Distinguished Service Awards. Sean is a behavioral expert who understands the risk of being human. He has served many organizations and assisted in controlling for apathy, complacency, perceived mastery, and unconscious incompetence – all noted human risk factors regardless of where you are in the world and what industry you serve. Sean is also an expert in personality classifications and has encouraged organizations to hire the right person for the right job.


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1.00 Entry Level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Entry Level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available