5158.0 Disaster and Emergency Medicine: Issues of Preparedness

Wednesday, November 7, 2007: 2:30 PM
In the years since the terror attacks of 9/11/01 in New York City, there have been ongoing government efforts and expenditures intended to improve our national, state and local capacity for emergency and disaster preparedness. Despite the progress that has been made, there is much more to be done. This session will highlight efforts to improve disaster preparedness, beginning with a presentation from an official of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describing federal government efforts in three areas: antiviral drugs (resources), plans (instructions), and exercises (practice) to develop preparedness for a possible influenza pandemic. The next presentation will focus on pandemic flu preparedness at the community level. Our next presenter will describe factors that may influence preparedness at the household level. Training efforts to improve public health disaster preparedness in Los Angeles will be discussed next. Our last presenter will describe a framework for the assessment of the emergency preparedness knowledge and readiness of physicians.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be better able to: List three ways in which the Federal Government assists states in protecting citizens against the effects of an influenza pandemic Formulate the foundation needed for a general community disaster and emergency response Identify strategies for increasing household-level emergency preparedness by considering the complexity of factors involved Describe emergency preparedness training framework developed and currently applied within a local public health department for the purpose of staff training and workplace development Discuss effective techniques for integrating physicians into an overall community emergency response system

2:45 PM
Getting back to learning how to take care of each other: Preparing for pandemic influenza
Victoria K. Russo, MPH, Kathryn E. Olivier, JD-MPH Candidate, Frederick E. Leickly, MD,MPH Candidate, Andrew M. Flittner, MPH Candidate, Joan Henkle, DNS, RN and Mary McKee, MSW, LCSW
3:00 PM
Complexity of household emergency preparedness as a public health tool
David M. Abramson, PhD MPH, Andrew Garrett, MD MPH and Tasha Stehling-Ariza, MPH
3:15 PM
Emergency preparedness training framework: A model for local health departments
Emily O. Smith, MPH, Eric Baumgardner, Noel Bazini-Barakat, RN, MSN, MPH, Kathleen N. Smith, PHN, MPH, Pablo Valadez, Ernesto Hinojos, MPH and Dee Ann Bagwell, MA, MPH
3:30 PM
Assessment of emergency preparedness among physicians in a major metropolitan area
Witold Migala, PhD, MPH, Michael J. Kazda, MA, Dorian Villegas, DrPH(c), MPH, Shane Mathew, DrPH(c), MPH, Ann Marie Harris, MPH and Catherine Spranger, DrPH (c), MPH

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Epidemiology

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing