PA: FREE Educational Opportunity w/PA Dept. of Health!

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    I’ve been made aware of some training that is going to be provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Some of the instruction could be beneficial to those of us who are preparing to better weather a significant emergency. In particular, I’m thinking the Chrisis Leadership and the Psychological First Aid. Those with family members with disabilities or who are affiliated in some way with those agencies may benefit from Disability Awareness in a Public Health Emergency. If I can work it out, I will try to get to one of these. July 27 or July 28 look the best for me, so far. -k

    WHAT? Regional Public Health Institute Training

      This is a Disaster Training program geared for Health Professionals, BUT IT IS NOT LIMITED TO JUST HEALTH PROVIDERS. The skills that are taught can be beneficial. It is done by a state grant which pay for meals and the training.

    WHEN: (Choose One!)

      June 23 – Clarion University, Clarion, PA
      June 24 – Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA
      July 27 – Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA
      July 28 – Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton, PA
      July 29 – The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

    LINK: Go here for registration form:



    Crisis Leadership
    Presenter: Gerald Barron, MPH, Deputy Director, University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice

    Learn what it takes to lead during a crisis. Participants will examine the competencies of leaders in contrast to those of
    managers. This course will focus on the significance leadership plays in our ability to prepare for and respond to threats
    – what it takes to be a preparedness leader and lead in a crisis. Competencies needed for crisis leadership will be
    reviewed, discussed, and developed.

    Psychological First Aid
    Presenter: Richard Boland, MBA, EMT‐P, Crisis Service Coordinator, Resolve Crisis Network

    Psychological First Aid was developed to mitigate the lapse of aid to people in areas where little or no help existed. This
    course is designed for anyone involved in an incident – first responders, nurses, teachers or members of the general
    public. It will help you to effectively communicate with those who are effected by/survive a disaster. Finally, the course
    will also address the personal stress of responders and ways to cope with that stress.

    Terrorism and Outbreaks – What the Bureau of Laboratories Can Do for You
    Presenters: James Lute, PhD, Supervisor Virology & Immunology, Bureau of Laboratories, Pennsylvania Department of
    Stanley Reynolds, Director, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Bureau of Laboratories, Pennsylvania
    Department of Health

    Laboratory analysis provides key information in dealing with terrorism or an outbreak. The validity and usefulness of
    this information is directly linked to the validity of the samples the laboratory receives. It is critical that first responders
    know the “who, how and why” for notification and sample packaging to submit to the Laboratory. This course will
    follow several case studies from initial notification of occurrence or threats through testing, packaging and results in
    Pennsylvania laboratories.

    Disability Awareness in a Public Health Emergency
    Presenters: Danna Haffey, Consultant, Community Health Connections;
    Jim Kuemmerle, ACSW, LCSW, Administrator/Executive Director, Armstrong‐Indiana MH/MR Program;
    Mary Nau, Director, Community Health Connections

    This training is designed to enhance the understanding and interactions of first responders and others who might find
    themselves providing emergency assistance to those with disabilities – specifically, those with autism and mental
    illness/brain injuries. Great strides have been made by first responders and emergency personnel on how to address
    individuals with disabilities. Past training efforts have lead to increased awareness of the inherent characteristics of
    specific disabilities and, ultimately, have lead to more positive and productive outcomes. This training continues the
    effort in addressing individuals with special needs in order to maximize disability awareness and thereby increase the
    community’s resilience in advance of an emergency.

    Getting the Most from Your Volunteers
    Presenter: Carol Reichbaum, MSPA, MSL, University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness

    Are volunteers a part of your emergency preparedness plan? This course will address challenges and opportunities
    associated with spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers in public health emergencies. It will focus on volunteer
    management throughout the phases of a disaster, credentialing and typing of resources and utilization of volunteers in
    alternate care sites, emergency call centers and other capacities.

    Epidemiology for the Non‐Epidemiologist
    Presenters: Bureau of Epidemiology, Pennsylvania Department of Health

    Epidemiology is often called the science of public health. Epidemiology is the study of diseases in populations of humans
    or animals, specifically how, when and where they occur. This session will describe the history and science that lead to
    public health and how epidemiology contributes to enhanced public health. This session will provide participants with
    an interactive approach to an epidemiological investigation.

    Legal Issues in Public Health Preparedness
    Presenters: Tanya Leshko, Senior Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Health;
    Jalene Kolb, Senior Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Health

    Being legally prepared for emergencies requires an understanding of the laws to competently apply the authorities in an
    emergency. This course will review legal authority with respect to social distancing measures, legal protections for
    entities and individuals engaged in emergency response, mutual aid, and confidentiality under the Disease Prevention
    and Control Law. Note: This session concludes at 3:30pm.

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