Disaster healthcare disparities solutions: Part 1—Preparation


  • Angela Pettit Cornelius, MD, MA https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0405-1433
  • Douglas Mark Char, MD
  • Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH
  • Samantha Noll, MD
  • Frank Quintero, DO, MBA
  • Heather Rybasack-Smith, MD, MPH
  • Jennie Wang, DO, MPH
  • Robert P. Weinberg, DO, JD, MMSc
  • Sharon E. Mace, MD




disaster, disaster healthcare, disaster healthcare disparities, healthcare disparities, disaster preparation


The purpose of this study was to explore the potential solutions for disaster healthcare disparities. This paper is the first of a three-part series that was written by the Disaster Healthcare Disparities Workgroup of the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee. The committee workgroup conducted a literature review and chose articles most representative and demonstrative of solutions to disaster healthcare disparities found in a past workgroup product exploring disaster healthcare disparities seen in disaster. Many solutions for disaster healthcare disparities during preparation were found. Some of these solutions have been successfully implemented, while others are still theoretical. Solutions for disaster healthcare disparities seen in disaster preparation are achievable, but there is still much work to do. There are a variety of solutions that can be easily advocated for by disaster and nondisaster specialists, leading to better care for our patients. 

Author Biographies

Angela Pettit Cornelius, MD, MA

Associate Professor, TCU/UNT School of Medicine Fort Worth; Department of Emergency Medicine, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth Emergency Medicine Residency, Fort Worth, Texas; Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ochsner Louisiana State University Academic Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana

Douglas Mark Char, MD

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH

Emergency Medicine, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Samantha Noll, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado

Frank Quintero, DO, MBA

Northern Westchester Hospital/Northwell Health, Mt. Kisco, New York

Heather Rybasack-Smith, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Jennie Wang, DO, MPH

Brown University Emergency Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island

Robert P. Weinberg, DO, JD, MMSc

Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR), TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health; Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts

Sharon E. Mace, MD

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; Director of Research, Emergency Services Institute; Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio


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How to Cite

Cornelius, A. P., D. M. Char, L. G. Ista, S. Noll, F. Quintero, H. Rybasack-Smith, J. Wang, R. P. Weinberg, and S. E. Mace. “Disaster Healthcare Disparities Solutions: Part 1—Preparation”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 19, no. 2, Apr. 2024, pp. 91-100, doi:10.5055/ajdm.0472.




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