Improving Emergency Preparedness for Ohioans with Disabilities: Implementing a Broad Impact Approach
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ODHP has implemented a broad impact approach to improve emergency preparedness and response for PWD in Ohio. This approach addresses multi-leveled gaps in preparedness and engages the disability community along with local, state, and national partners. Efforts include the development of Continuing Education trainings for first responders and emergency planners; providing preparedness trainings for PWD and caregivers; disseminating preparedness tool-kits and resources; and providing technical assistance regarding functional needs in the state emergency operations plan. In 2014, spurred by collaborations with ODHP, the Ohio Emergency Management Agency hosted a Functional Needs Summit to engage planning and response partners throughout the state and to identify gaps in emergency response for PWD. Collectively, these initiatives are creating a foundation to sustainably address preparedness for PWD in Ohio.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research
Explain the importance of inclusive emergency preparedness planning to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities. Identify gaps in emergency preparedness planning and emergency response relating to disability at the individual, local, and state level. Discuss key components of the Ohio Disability and Health Program’s broad impact approach to improve emergency preparedness for Ohioans with disabilities.
Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Disabilities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the clinical research assistant for the Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) and have played a lead role in the coordination and development of multiple aspects of ODHPâs emergency preparedness initiatives, including the development of disability specific Continuing Education trainings for first responders and emergency planners. I am also a Master of Social Work student at The Ohio State University, with special interests in disability, public health and cultural competence.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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