2011 Integrated Training Summit
Posted on: May 5 2011 - 8:21am
The Integrated Training Summit in Grapevine, TX was a great time for volunteers and public health/healthcare responders to hear about what MRC’s are doing across the nation, and within the Office of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. The excitement level was high amongst the participants and presenters, as the sessions gave responders the chance to further their training, and the breaks and downtime allowed responders to glean ideas from each other.
Some exemplary perspectives on community resilience were explored, such as during Dr. Mark Keim’s presentation on disaster risk reduction. Dr. Keim explored the idea that prevention is the first step toward saving lives in the face of disasters. This was a fresh idea to many, as most of us are so focused on preparedness and response. This was not to say that preparedness and response are not important, nor that disasters like tornado and earthquake could be prevented, (although we wish we could, right?!) but that there are steps that communities can take to prevent harm to their most vulnerable populations…not just to prepare for the worst, but to lessen their vulnerability to harm in the first place. US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, discussed similar ideas and stressed that each of us can help our communities by taking care of our own health. This way we will be ready when disaster strikes!