How Can Public Health Stop Terrorism?

Each day this week, we’ll be featuring one voice on the issue of public health and terrorism from Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine. You can read the full article here.

"My perspective on terrorism comes from having served as a Senior Adviser on Psychological Research to the Office of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait after the liberation of Kuwait; as a consultant to the NYPD from 2001 to 2003; and as a consultant in Oklahoma City after the federal building bombing. I saw terrorism used as a weapon in asymmetrical warfare and witnessed its effects on individuals, organizations and communities. I also saw that community cohesion and a resilient medical/psychological infrastructure foster strength and resilience. A sense of belonging and identity, as well as feeling part of something greater than oneself, is empowering. It not only fosters resilience in the wake of terrorism but also, I believe, serves to prevent it. By providing health, safety and education, and by working for justice for all, [we can make] terrorism become obsolete. Public Health is uniquely positioned to lead in these initiatives."—George S. Everly Jr., is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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