Health Services Administration and Policy

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Sylvia Twersky

Sylvia Twersky
Instructor in Health Services Administration and Policy


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor (004-09)
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Office: 215-204-9316  
Fax: 215-204-1854


  • M.P.H., Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine


Sylvia Twersky-Bumgardner, MPH 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 the issue of workforce preparedness and vulnerable populations. Sylvia is affiliated with the Center for Preparedness Research Education and Practice (C-PREP). Currently, she is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) Office of Public Health Preparedness on the development of a guide for functional 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 current Pennsylvania pubic health emergency trainings. In addition to her research, Sylvia has also developed an online undergraduate certificate program at Temple University in Emergency Management with Special Populations that helps to train public health and emergency management personnel throughout the U.S. She is also working on new projects exploring the issue of state laws regarding immigrants and their impact on mixed-status households access to safety net services.

Research Interests

  • Emergency Management
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Immigration