Cities Readiness Initiative Coordinator

Marcus Jennings, MSPH, a native Memphian, joined the Shelby County Health Department as the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Coordinator in 2014. 

The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Coordinator develops and maintains a plan that is mutually useful for the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) that will provide antibiotics to the entire population within 48 hours; manages the develop and sustainment of the CRI program, including the management of point of dispensing (POD) sites and closed POD recruitment; and coordinates the integration of command control of state and local emergency operation systems and performs site reviews within the Memphis MSA regarding capabilities to receive and distribute SNS stockpile assets.

After graduating from Whitehaven High School in 2002, Marcus pursued his post-secondary studies in Biology and Mathematics at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. Upon graduation he continued his education at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine receiving his Masters in Science in Public Health. Marcus' graduate studies focus on Emergency Preparedness and Immunoparasitology.

Previously, Marcus has worked for Tulane University, in conjunction with the New Orleans Health Department, in the planning and implementation of a disaster preparedness program following Hurrican Katrina.

"I'm thrilled to join PHEPP and eager to continue their rich tradition of strong disaster planning and community education."

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