Patricia Strizak

Patricia has been the Health and Safety Trainer at MassCOSH since August 2014.

Patricia’s background experience consists of a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health care Policy and Administration. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing and in Community Health. She was the Director of Training at Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she also served as the Interim Emergency Manager. Patricia worked for 10 years with Health and Hospitals Corporation, Maspeth, N.Y. first as an Emergency Medical Technician, Lieutenant and then Paramedic prior to their integration with FDNY.

Patricia’s educational experience includes teaching at the college level (Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic and American Heart Association classes), where knowledge of ICS, HICS, SAT, HCL, HERT are mandatory for the job.

Patricia has responded to several national incidents that include Super Storm Sandy, and September 11, 2001.  For these incidents, she served on the incident command team and decontamination team.

She is the recipient of the American Heart Association Life Saver Award, Helene Sloane Award for Health and Nutrition Science and Nyack Hospital Nursing Excellence in Practice Award for Medical Surgical Nursing.    

In her present role, she conducts participatory worker health and safety trainings as part of the NIEHS-funded New England Consortium on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). In this initiative, all of the trainers coordinate with each other in following a defined protocol while adapting as needed to the specific trainee group. Every training I conduct makes me proud to know that my professional experience will prepare responders in the present what happens in the future.