An Academics in Action webinar hosted by Anna Maria College

On March 17, 2021, Anna Maria College hosted a webinar panel discussion on how the COVID-19 public health crisis has changed society with a focus on the cities and towns in Central Massachusetts. With vaccination programs well underway and public health restrictions adapting for a new normal, the panel of experts addressed steps that the public and private sectors might take to best manage the reopening process while remaining vigilant; addressing the pandemic’s impact on mental health; and how health emergency management and business continuity has been changed both as a field of study and as a career.

Anna Maria College’s Live After COVID-19 webinar can be viewed online.

Expert Panelists Included:
Matilde Castiel, MD – Commissioner of Health and Human Services, City of Worcester.

Greg Ciottone, MD, FACEP, FFSEM – Medical Director Paramedic, EMT, & Master Health Emergency Management at Anna Maria College; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Disaster Medicine​, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; President World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.

Ted Flanagan – Paramedic and Director for EMS Programs, Anna Maria College. Firefighter/paramedic for the West Boylston Fire Department.

John Pratico, M.A., C.A.G.S., Psy D. – Director of Psychology Programs at Anna Maria College.  Dr. Pratico is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of several working groups for the City of Worcester.

Anna Maria College educates aspiring professionals in Health Emergency Management, Emergency Management, Fire Science, Paramedic Science, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. Anna Maria College alumni in the public safety sector include Fire Chiefs, Police Chiefs, EMTs, Emergency Managers, and federal and state public safety officers. Anna Maria College also offers several programs in the behavioral health professions including mental health counseling, psychology, human services, and social work, in addition to degrees in nursing, health sciences, education, business, art, music and the liberal arts.