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Jane  Richter, RN, DrPH

Title: Co-Investigator, Validating Triage for Chemical Mass Casualty Incidents – A First Step
College of Nursing
E-mail: richtejv@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-1257
Fax: 803-777-5561
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College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States

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Background

Dr. Richter is a Co-Investigator on the CON NIH Grant Validating Triage for Chemical Mass Casualty Incidents. She retired from the USC Arnold School of Public Health after serving for 10 years as the Director and Co-PI of the University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Richter has been a registered nurse for 43 years.  Dr. Richter has convened and facilitated teams of diverse stakeholders to design and complete plans to bolster hospital staff seasonal influenza rates, to develop a hospital evacuation plan template, to design processes and a toolkit to facilitate hospitals using volunteers for surge capacity in emergencies, to develop community preparedness plans, and to develop pandemic influenza ethical guidelines for hospitals. Since 9/11, Dr. Richter has worked with federal, state, regional and local stakeholders in preparing for, responding to and recovering from all-hazards incidents/disasters. She has engaged with partners to plan, conduct and evaluate more than 40 tabletop and full-scale exercises varying in complexity and scope. She is a Supervisor Nurse and Acting Operations Chief with the South Carolina 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (SC1DMAT) and has deployed in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, and in preparation for incidents of National consequence.

Teaching 

Dr. Richter has taught courses in public health, emergency preparedness, team work, quality improvement, and all areas of nursing practice at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels.     

Dissemination 

Dr. Richter has published numerous articles in journals of public health emergency preparedness, public health and literacy. She authored (2010) Public Health Response in E. Daly, R. Powers and The World Association for Disasters and Emergency Medicine (Ed.), International Disaster Nursing. Victoria, Australia: Cambridge University Press. 

Presentations  

Richter, J.  Basic Concepts of Disasters and Emergency Planning and Response.  University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, J795H: Evidence-based Health Information Access during a Global Pandemic or Disaster; class presentation, spring, 2011. 

Richter, J.  Emergency Preparedness 101.  University of South Carolina College of Nursing, NUR 504: Implications for Healthcare Professionals; class presentation every semester beginning spring, 2009 - ongoing. 

Richter, J.  South Carolina Nurses’ Roles in Disaster Preparedness and Response.  University of South Carolina College of Nursing,NUR 431: Community Health Nursing; class presentation every semester beginning fall, 2007 – 2008. 

Richter, J.   Emergency Preparedness 101.  South University Nursing Program, Caring for the Community, class presentation every semester beginning summer, 2009 - ongoing. 

Richter, J. & Tucker, S.  Disaster Nursing.  2009 South Carolina Nurses Association Biennial State Convention. Charleston, SC. 

Richter, J.  South Carolina Prepares for Pandemic Influenza: An Ethical Perspective-Public Health Practice Guidelines.  State Pan Flu Summit (2009).  Columbia, SC. 

Richter, J. & Gable, H.  South Carolina Prepares for Pandemic Influenza – An Ethical Perspective: Public Health Practice Guidelines.  South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Convention (2009).  Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Richter, J. & Richter, P.   A Redundant System That Always Works.  45th Annual American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Conference (2008).  National Harbor, MD. 

Richter, J., Dease, W., Donovan, D. & Miller, C.  When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Does Not:  How South Carolina Developed a Statewide Redundant Communications System for Hospitals. National Association of County and City Health Officials Public Health Preparedness Summit (2008).  Atlanta, GA. 

Richter, J. & Dease, W.  Can You Hear Me Now?  Using Hams for Emergency Communications Redundancy in Hospitals. National Association of County and City Health Officials Public Health Preparedness Summit (2008).  Atlanta, GA. 

Richter, J.   Planning for A Pandemic: If You Won’t, Who Will? Military Order of the World Wars Meeting (2008).  Columbia, SC. 

Richter, J., Kayman, H. & Radest, H.  Ethics and Public Health Decision Making.  Arizona Local Health Officers Association (2007).  Scottsdale, AZ. 

Richter, J.  Disasters:  Our Responsibility to the Community.  Georgia and South Carolina Societies of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Joint Semi-Annual Conference (2007).  Atlanta, GA. 

Kinlaw, K. & Richter, J.  Integrating Ethics into Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response.  Emory University’s Model of Excellence Lecture Series (2007).  Atlanta, GA. 

Richter, J. & Tucker, S.  Who?  Me?  But I’m Not Ready!  Nurses Volunteering in Disasters.  South Carolina Nurses Association 100th Celebration and Convention (2007).  Columbia, SC. 

Xirasagar, S., Laditka, S. B., Laditka, J. N., Cornman, C. B., Davis, C., & Richter, J. V. E.  Impact of Disaster Preparedness and Management Training on MPH Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Planned Public Health Practice.  American Public Health Association (2006). Boston, MA. 

Laditka, S.B., Xirasagar, S., Laditka, J. N., Cornman, C.B. Davis, C. B. & Richter, J. V.  [Poster].  Using an Experiential Exercise in Nursing Home Preparedness to Train Future Health Care Managers in Emergency Management.  Association of University Programs in Health Administration Annual Conference (2006). Seattle, WA. 

Richter, J.  Planning for A Pandemic:  If You Won’t, Who Will?  Palmetto Forum (2006).  Columbia, SC. 

Richter, J.  Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness One Team at a Time.  Health and Human Services, Region IV Preparedness Conference (2006).  Orlando, FL. 

Richter, J.  The University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness.  Southeastern Homeland Security Networking Meeting. Savannah River National Laboratory (2004).  Aiken, SC. 

Richter, D., Spencer, E., Hutchinson, R., Reece, L., Richter, J., Pearson, L. & Livet, M. [Poster]. Implementing A Statewide Training Initiative to Address the Psychosocial Consequences of All Hazards Disasters and Other Public Health Emergencies:  A Successful Community Partnership between Public Health, Mental Health and Academia.  American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2004). Washington, DC. 

Livet, M., Richter, J. and Richter, D.  Evaluation for the South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness:  The Role of the Logic Model.”  American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2004). Washington, DC. 

Livet, M., Richter, J., and Richter, D.  Evaluation for the South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness: enhancing the use of logic models.  Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (2004). Atlanta, GA. 

Toole, C., Richter, J. & Ellison, L.  Academy for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Training for Outcomes.  American Public Health Association Annual Conference (2004). Washington, DC. 

Richter, J.  The University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Epidemiology Seminar Series, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina (2004).  Columbia, SC. 

Richter, J. & Ellison, L.  Academy for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Academia & the Public Health Department Partner to Enhance Readiness in South Carolina. National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual Conference (2004). St. Paul, MN. 

Richter, J. The Academy for Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Academia & the Public Health Department Partner to Enhance Readiness in South Carolina. Health and Human Services, Region IV Preparedness Conference (2004). Jackson, MS. 

Richter, J., Drociuk, D., & Stanton, R.  Bioterrorism 2003–Where Are We Now, Two Years after 9/11. The Winona B. Vernberg Distinguished Lecture Series (2003).  Columbia, SC. 

Richter, J.  The University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness.  Southeast Regional Training Center Meeting (2003). Columbia, SC.

Professional Service 

  • American Journal of Disaster Medicine, editorial review board member, 2006 - present. 
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Midlands Region, Medical Reserve Corps, member, 2008 - present. 
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control/Midlands Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 Workgroup, member, 2008 - present. 
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Home Health Services Advisory Committee, member, 2007 - present. 
  • South Carolina 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, National Disaster Medical Services, Operations Chief and Supervisor Nurse, 2005 - present.             
  • Transfiguration Catholic Church, Blythewood, SC, Community Emergency Response Team, member, 2014 - present.
  • American Radio Relay League (2009 - present) 
  • Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society (1982 - present) 
  • South Carolina Nurses’ Association (1990 - present)                                   
  • South Carolina Public Health Association (1997 - present)

Research Studies (Selected)

Title: South Carolina Community Disaster Response Services Training
Dates:  September 1, 2003 – May 31, 2005
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: $214,874
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Health Resources and Services Administration 

Title: Avian Influenza Rapid Response Training at the State and Local Level, South Carolina
Dates:  September 18, 2007 – November 30, 2007
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $13,000
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)/Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Title: The Hospital Preparedness Program
Dates:  March 21, 2008 – August 8, 2009
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $60,000
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)/Hospital Preparedness Program/Health and Human Services 

Title: DHEC Bureau of Laboratory Sentinel Laboratory Summit
Dates:  April 10, 2008 – May 31, 2008
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: $7,599
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)/Health and Human Services 

Title: SC Emergency Management Division Partial Funding for Interoperable Communications
Dates:  June 16, 2008 – July 31, 2008
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $19,442
Source:  SC Office of Adjutant General/Department of Homeland Security 

Title: DHEC Level 1 Lab Meeting
Dates:  August 5, 2008 – October 31, 2008
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: $10,814
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)/Health & Human Services 

Title: DHEC Immunization Supplemental Grant 2008
Dates:  November 25, 2008 – February 8, 2009
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: $25,000
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Health Services

Title: Updating of the Columbia, SC Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Plans
Dates:  April 15, 2009 – October 15, 2009
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $19,999
Source:  City of Columbia Emergency Operations Office/MMRS 

Title: Center for Public Health Preparedness 
Dates:  August 10, 2009 – August 9, 2010
Role:  Co-Principal Investigator
Amount: $500,000
Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Title: South Carolina Healthcare Facility Evacuation Grant
Dates:  September 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $78,900
Source:  SC Hospital Association/State Law Enforcement Division/Homeland Security 

Title: Increase Efforts to Enhance Interoperable Communication within SC Hospitals
Dates:  September 17, 2009 – June 30, 2010, September 23, 2010 – June 30, 2011, and August 29, 2011 – June 30, 2012
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $30,000 for each year
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Public Health Preparedness/Health and Human Services 

Title: South Carolina H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Supplemental Grant
Dates:  November 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $60,000
Source:  VW International, Inc. /Health and Human Services 

Title: Excellence in Innovative Public Health Preparedness Solutions
Dates:  December 7, 2009 – September 30, 2010
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $100,000
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Region 7/National Association of County and City Health Officials 

Title: Team-based Product Assessment and Enhancement in Support of the SCDHEC Region 7 Advanced Practice Center (APC)
Dates:  November 12, 2010 – September 29, 2011 and September 30, 2011 – September 29, 2012
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $93,833and $41,436 respectively
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Region 7/National Association of County and City Health Officials 

Title: DHEC Region 3 Coalition and Ham Radio Support
Dates:  December 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $20,000
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Public Health Preparedness/Health and Human Services 

Title: SC ESAR-VHP Acute Care Hospital Surge Project
Dates: September 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Role:  Principal Investigator
Amount: $200,000 each year for 2 years and $184,304 for year 3
Source:  SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Public Health Preparedness/Health and Human Services 

Publications (Selected) 

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

Richter, J. (2010).  Public Health Response.  In E. Daly, R. Powers and The World Association for Disasters and Emergency Medicine (Ed.), International Disaster Nursing. Victoria, Australia: Cambridge University Press. 

Friedman, D.B., Tanwar, M., Yoho, D.W. & Richter, J.V.E. (2010). Disaster Preparedness Information Needs of Individuals Attending an Adult Literacy Center: An Exploratory Study.  Community Literacy Journal, 4(2), 55-73. 

Laditka, S.B., Laditka, J.N., Cornman, C.B., Davis, C.B. & Richter, J.V.E. (2009).  Resilience and Challenges among Staff of Gulf Coast Nursing Homes Sheltering Frail Evacuees following Hurricane Katrina, 2005:  Implications for Planning and Training.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 24(1), 54-62. 

Laditka, S.B., Laditka, J.N., Xirasagar, S., Cornman, C.B., Davis, C.B. & Richter, J.V.E. (2008).  Providing Shelter to Nursing Home Evacuees in Disasters:  Lessons from Hurricane Katrina.  American Journal of Public Health, 98(7), 1288-1293. 

Friedman, D.B., Tanwar, M. & Richter, J.V.E. (2008). Evaluation of Online Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Resources.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 23(5), 438-446. 

Laditka, S., Laditka, J., Xirasagar, S., Cornman, C., Davis, C. & Richter, J. (2006).  Protecting Nursing Home Residents during Emergencies or Disasters:  An Exploratory Study from South Carolina.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 22(1), 42-48. 

Livet, M., Richter, J., Ellison, L., Dease, W., McClure, M., Feigley, C. & Richter, D. (2005).  Emergency Preparedness Academy Adds Public Health to the Readiness Equation. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 11(6), 4-10. 

Richter, J., Livet, M., Stewart, J., Feigley, C., Scott, G. & Richter, D. (2005). Coastal Terrorism:  Using a Tabletop Discussion to Enhance Coastal Community Infrastructure through Relationship Building.  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 11(6), 45-49. 

Other Publications 

Richter, J.V.E. (2008).  Use of Ham Radios during Hospital Emergency Operations. Hospital Engineering & Facilities Management, 6, 62-63. 

Richter, J. & Richter, P. (2008).  Use of Amateur Radio by Hospitals during Emergency Operations. Inside ASHE, 16(6), 12-14. 

Richter, J. (2005). The University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness:  Partnering to Enhance Nursing Capacity and Capability. The South Carolina Nurse, 12(4), 7. 

Richter, J. (2000).  Dissertation:  A Study to Determine the Relationship between the Occurrence of Organizational Conditions for High Involvement and the Development of Exemplary Comprehensive School Health Program Components in Select South Carolina Schools. 

Special Medical Needs Shelter Guidelines, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Public Health Nursing, 2000.