Mr. Jesse Bliss is an Assistant Profressor at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLU SPH). He also serves as the School’s Practice Coordinator and as such, is a representative member of the ASPH Practice Council. Since the mid-90s, Jesse has worked in international service delivery and community development along the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Central America, and Africa. As a faculty member in both the Environmental Health and Health Geoinformatics Sciences and the Global Health programs at LLU SPH, his commitment to culturally cognizant public health practice is evident in both his local and internationally focused activities.
Mr. Bliss is an expert in Emergency Public Health and Community Disaster Resilience. Since 2007 he has served as Director and Disaster Response Coordinator for the LLU Center for Public Health Preparedness (LLU CPHP). He has managed and served as PI on multiple grants and contracts including the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC), the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project (LACCDR) among others. He has directed training and exercises in all-hazards disaster preparedness and has recruited a well-qualified team of public health education, training, and preparedness experts who continue to work closely with Federal, State, local and Tribal governments and communities to enhance their public health knowledge and practice.
Four years ago, Mr. Bliss formed the LLU CPHP’s Public Health Disaster Assessment and Response Team (PHDART) which deployed in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti where he and his team worked for 6 weeks in support of core public health services delivery at a displaced population camp of over 20,000 individuals. This past November he led the PHDART in response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines where he and his team supported the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in assessing health impacts and immediate emergency response needs.
Mr. Bliss also serves as LLU SPH’s Native American Health Liaison and has focused on Native American health and tribal preparedness for tribes throughout California, Arizona and New Mexico. In this capacity he coordinates efforts that work directly with tribes as well as through partnerships with NGOs and local county health departments to further disaster preparedness and enhance the environmental health capacity of native tribes.
Other areas of expertise include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and interdisciplinary international community development. Areas of interest include public health issues in disasters, cultural and language studies, and sustainable international environmental and community-based development.