Jessica Milberg-Haydu, MPH

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Jessica Milberg-Haydu is a strategic planner and project manager focusing on public health emergency preparedness and response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In her current role, she conducts critical analyses of existing plans and procedures to identify and close gaps that lead to differential impacts to health and wellbeing among certain NYC populations, particularly communities of color, immigrant communities, and individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs. Prior to this, Ms. Milberg-Haydu served as an emergency management analyst conducting pathogen response planning and coordination for the NYC Department of Education. In previous roles, she has worked locally and globally to amplify the voices of community stakeholders in program planning processes from which they have been historically excluded. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, partnering with local leaders to advance education, health, and youth development programs. Ms. Milberg-Haydu received her Master’s in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College

Fellowship Focus: Implement and evaluate an equity planning toolkit into emergency preparedness and response planning processes at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in order to reduce rates of death, injury and illness among NYC populations who are most vulnerable to disasters.