URI Honors Colloquium

Sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Honors Program

Fall 2012 Honors Colloquium

Rob Tosatto (September 25)

Discusses how health, politics, and money affects participation in public health initiatives and emergency preparedness


CAPT_TosattoCaptain (CAPT) Rob Tosatto serves as Director of the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps and is the principal advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General and the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues of civilian volunteers and their participation in public health initiatives and emergency preparedness/response activities. He is a strong advocate for reducing disaster risk, building community resilience, and engaging young members of our society in these efforts. He is directly responsible for overseeing the establishment, implementation, and coordination of MRC units in communities nationwide.

CAPT Tosatto has been a U.S. Public Health Service officer since 1988, and has previously completed tours of duty with the Office of Global Health Affairs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Indian Health Service, including assignments on the Navajo, Fort Hall, and Pine Ridge reservations. He has been deployed on numerous occasions, including response missions following the anthrax mailings in 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and several humanitarian and national special security events.

He is the recipient of the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.

Click here to see a trailer for the upcoming lecture.


URI Presentation - Video
The video for Robert Tosatto's URI presentation on 9/25/2012

Trailer for URI Honors Colloquium Lecture
See a YouTube video discussing the topic of Mr. Tosatto's lecture

Medical Reserve Corps website
Official website of the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

YouTube - 9-11 and the Medical Reserve Corps
HHS Secretary Sebelius calls for health professionals to consider enlisting in the Medical Reserve Corps

YouTube - Press Conference
Greater Fall River Medical Reserve Corps Press Conference

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