Mrs. Mona Arora obtained her Master’s of Science in Public Health degree in Tropical Medicine from the Tulane University School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. She has been working in public health emergency preparedness since 2006 when she began working at the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness, the former iteration of Preparedness Centers (now known as Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers). At the Center, Mona was heavily involved in collaborating with subject matter experts and partners throughout Arizona to develop competency based public health emergency preparedness curriculum and trainings such as Mass Fatality Management, Introduction to Mass Dispensing, and Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) Planning for Hospitals. She has received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification in many courses including Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness and the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training. Mona has also served on various exercise planning teams: facilitating the exercise development process, controlling exercises, preparing HSEEP compliant exercise documentation and serving as an evaluator. In May 2009, she was nominated as the Chair of the University of Arizona Mass Clinic Planning Committee, a subset of the University Campus Emergency Response Team, which oversees the development and evaluation of the institution’s mass clinic plan and procedures.
Mona also brings with her, data management and statistical analysis experience through her work with the Arizona Rural Health Office. A Tucson native, Mona has a keen interest in the areas of Infectious Disease, Climate Change, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). She has collaborated with researchers to assess the status of malaria in India and recently worked with researchers in both the School of Geography and Development and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to utilize GIS to map the effectiveness of malaria control and prevention programs in Kenya. Mona’s experience with GIS also culminated in the development and delivery of a GIS in Public Health training for the Center.