Sylvia Twersky-Bumgardner, MPH is currently Assistant Department Chair and Clinical Instructor of Public Health at Temple University, as well as affiliated faculty of the Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Temple University since 2005, where she concentrates on issues of policy as they intersect with health outcomes. Her focus in emergency management has been on state level planning for functional needs groups in emergencies, as well as workforce preparedness. Sylvia has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) Office of Public Health Preparedness on the development of a guide for special needs populations and planning for special medical needs shelters in PA. Additional projects with PA DOH have included community education development for emergency preparedness with the Pennsylvania Health Education Centers, the development of a public health worker emergency preparedness competency mapping tool, and a gap analysis of Pennsylvania public health emergency trainings. Sylvia developed and directs an online undergraduate certificate program at Temple University in Emergency Management with Special Populations.