Director & Senior Advisor, At-Risk Individuals Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Cheryl A. Levine, PhD: Senior Advisor for At-Risk Individuals, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience, Special Programs Branch, Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
Cheryl Levine serves as the Senior Advisor for At-Risk Individuals at HHS/ASPR. She provides subject matter expertise, gathers and disseminates promising practices, monitors emerging issues, and leads coordination for internal and external partners to ensure the integration of access and functional needs for at-risk individuals into public health and medical emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities. She convenes federal interagency committees and leads national calls and webinars to develop and disseminate guidance. She designs and delivers training, tools, guidance, and requirements for addressing the access and functional needs of at-risk individuals. Her expertise includes assessing and leveraging human services programs to address the access and functional needs of disaster victims. Examples of at-risk individuals with access and functional needs includes children, older adults, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities, individuals who live in institutional settings, individuals from diverse cultures, individuals who have limited English proficiency or are non-English speaking, individuals who are transportation disadvantaged, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals who have chronic illness, and individuals who have pharmacological dependency. In addition to leading disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities to address access and functional needs, Cheryl has expertise in policy development and implementation, research and evaluation methods, survey design, providing data driven solutions to policy questions, experience researching disaster housing recovery programs and quality of life indicators for disaster victims. She holds a doctorate in applied anthropology and has formerly worked for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.