Researchers at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University conducted more than 40 in-depth interviews with public health and emergency workers who were at the scene in the days and months following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The goals were to:
A research team conducted interviews with 43 public health and emergency workers. The interviews, most lasting one and one-half to two hours, were transcribed and will be deposited in Columbia University's Oral History Collection, allowing access by future scholars.
Drawing on these interviews, and other research, co-project director David Rosner, PhD, and Gerald Markowitz, PhD, authored the book Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11 (University of California Press, 2006). The book examines the reaction to September 11th among public health practitioners at the federal, state and local levels.
Rosner and Markowitz outline a number of key conclusions in Are We Ready Yet? Public Health Since 9/11, including:
The book was published by the University of California Press in its Series: California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public.