Morgan State University
School of Community Health and Policy
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Randy Rowel's research agenda is to examine the cultural implications of public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. As an Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins University he works with their Center for Public Health Preparedness. He currently serves on the Maryland Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee and teaches a graduate level class on culture and disaster at Morgan. In partnership with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Rowel recently completed a project that examined natural disaster experiences of low-income African Americans and Spanish speaking Latinos populations before, In addition, Dr. Rowel is the Director of the Why Culture Matters Work Group for Disaster Studies, an organization that informs public health professionals and faith- and community-based organizations about the needs of vulnerable populations during natural and technological disasters. Lastly, Dr. Rowel serves as an investigator for the Department of Homeland Security funded National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) where he is working to establish the scientific foundation and principles of the practice of homeland security in matters of preparedness and response to catastrophic events.