Rachael Piltch-Loeb

Assistant Professor of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences

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PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences
NYU School of Global Public Health

MSPH, Health Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BA, Healthcare Management and Policy
Georgetown University

Dr.Piltch-Loeb’s work focuses on research, measurement, and evaluation of public health emergency preparedness and response, and how to more effectively engage the public during public health emergencies. Her research includes emergencies related to climate change, such as infectious pathogens and natural disasters, as well as environmental hazards and manmade disasters. Although diverse in nature, such events have similar research goals in common, such as understanding what segments of the population are most vulnerable to the threat, and how specific agencies and systems can work together to prepare for and respond to these events to protect health and wellbeing. Implementing findings from this research can help improve the response for future emergencies. 

Dr. Piltch-Loeb publications, many co-authored with students and practitioners, include outlining measurement frameworks to improve public health emergency preparedness, cross-jurisdictional after-action reviews to identify lessons learned from emergency response, tools for community engagement in preparedness and response, and assessment of misinformation and communication campaigns. She also maintains an appointment with the Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation and Practice Program (EPREP) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.