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LIU Homeland Security Student Tapped For National EMS Council


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University,
LIU Riverhead

Raphael M Barishansky, a graduate student in LIU's Homeland Security Management Institute Master of Science in Homeland Security Management program, has been appointed to a national EMS council that provides advice to the United States Department of Transportation.

The two-year appointment, announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on June 13, 2012, takes effect immediately.

The Department of Transportation's National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council consists of highly experienced professionals who provide advice and make recommendations concerning the DOT's EMS policies and activities. The group's 26 members represent various sectors of emergency medical service.

Barishansky, who has over two decades in public health and emergency services management, will serve in a council seat designated for emergency managers.

"This appointment is an opportunity to interact with the best EMS decision-makers in the United States," he said. "I'll be hearing about federal initiatives first hand, and the appointment offers me the potential to effect positive change."

"This is a very prestigious appointment, and HSMI takes great pride in Ray's achievements," said Vincent E Henry, CPP, PhD, professor and director of the Homeland Security Management Institute at LIU.  "Rafael Barishansky is a great example of the HSMI practitioner-scholar: that rare individual who is as comfortable and competent in the academic environment as he or she is in the world of professional practice, who can move flexibly between the two, and who can apply the lessons and insights of one to the other.

Barishansky is the Chief of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the Prince George's County, Md. Health Department, and was previously executive director of the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council, based in Newburgh, N.Y. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Touro College, a Master of Public Health Degree from New York Medical College, and a graduate-level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management from the Homeland Security Management Institute. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2006) and the Healthcare Leadership and Administrative Decision Making class held at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. (2009).

Barishansky has served as adjunct faculty at New York Medical College, Yeshiva University and Westchester Community College and has been a guest lecturer at both the George Washington University EMS degree program and the Philadelphia University Disaster Medicine and Management graduate degree program.

He is currently pursuing an online Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree through HSMI, a move which he believes will further his career in significant ways. "I'm a lifelong learner, and I saw where my career is going," said Barishansky. "When I looked at the list of instructors in the program, I recognized many of their names from the professional publications I read. To say I'm satisfied with the program would be an understatement."

The Homeland Security Management Institute, based at Riverhead, is the nation's premier online graduate education program in homeland security management. Designated by Congress as a Department of Homeland Security National Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and as the only DHS Center of Excellence to offer a degree in the homeland security field, HSMI's graduates are among the most competent, best educated, and most sought-after homeland security professionals, managers and executives in the nation.  With a renowned faculty of Senior Fellows who combine extensive professional experience with doctoral degrees and other exceptional academic credentials, the HSMI provides a rigorous and challenging fully online graduate education in the homeland security and cyber security policy fields.

Posted 07/10/2012

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