Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Georgia Institute for Disaster Management
Kelli McCarthy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management. In her current role, Kelli manages the Georgia Healthcare Coalition Assistance Program and the HHS Region IV Operation Wesley Ebola Exercise Program. The Georgia Healthcare Coalition Assistance Program (GHCAP) serves as the fiduciary agent for Georgia’s fourteen healthcare coalitions and aids coalitions in the procurement of goods and services to enhance the coalition’s emergency preparedness programs. The HHS Region IV Operation Wesley Exercise Program is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional exercise program focusing on HHS Region IV facilities and associated response partners to respond to patients presenting at various facilities with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and suspect travel history. Upon completion, the HHS Region IV Operation Wesley Full Scale Exercise was the largest multi-state EVD exercise conducted in the United States.
Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an interdisciplinary certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in GIS from the University of Maryland. Kelli has attended many trainings and holds numerous certifications with topics ranging from incident command to disaster life support. She currently holds the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Georgia Emergency Manager Certification, the Emergency Management Healthcare Professional certification from the Georgia Department of Public Health, and is a trained-trainer for both Georgia hospital first-receiver decontamination and Homeland Security WMD radiological/nuclear awareness.