Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Kate Dischino

Kate Dischino

Director of Emergency Response, Americares

As director of emergency response, Kate Dischino oversees Americares responses to domestic and international emergencies. She is often deployed to disaster zones on a moment’s notice to lead field teams, coordinate aid deliveries, and implement emergency programs that meet survivors’ health needs. Since joining Americares in 2012, Ms. Dischino has been on the frontlines of dozens of emergencies including Hurricane Sandy (2012), the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the Nepal earthquake (2015). A certified emergency manager, she plays a pivotal role in the design of Americares emergency programs including a psychosocial workshop for frontline health workers responding to emergencies and a training program for pediatricians treating children affected by disasters. In 2015, Ms. Dischino oversaw the creation of Americares first disaster preparedness guide for free and charitable clinics to help ensure important health care providers can continue operating during emergencies.

A leader in the emergency response field, Ms. Dischino currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters where she serves on the Executive Committee and formerly the first chairman of the Disaster Health Committee. She also participated in the development of the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index as a subject matter expert. Prior to joining Americares, Ms. Dischino served as the associate director of Save the Children’s Domestic Emergencies Unit where she built partnerships and strengthened the emergency management program. She earned a master’s degree in international administration from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from Muhlenberg College. 

Select Publications

  1. Co-Author, “Health Trends Impacting Emergency Management.” International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin, March 2014.
  2. Author, “New York City’s Child-Focused Preparedness Measures Pay Off During Hurricane Irene.” International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin, Online Edition, April 2012.
  3. Contributor, Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies: Recommended State and National Regulatory and Accreditation Standards for Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers and Supporting Rationale.” A co-authored NACCRRA and Save the Children Publication. February 2011.
  4. Contributor, “National Commission on Children and Disasters: Interim Report.” October 2009.