Happenings at the 8th Annual Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference
Posted on: August 8 2011 - 7:06am
This year’s conference was at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton Washington and is a continuation on last year’s theme of “Bridging the Gap: Public Health and Emergency Management.” The conference was attended by over 300 participants including representatives from almost 40 tribal nations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. At this year’s event, the Seattle – King County Advanced Practice Center (APC) partnered with Multnomah County APC to host an informational kiosk showcasing a variety of toolkits including the Survivor Tales graphic novel series and the Family Assistance Center toolkit. Visitors to the APC kiosk where given the opportunity to sigh up for the online APC toolbox and download tools of their choice to key drives to take with them.
The conference allowed participants to interact with tribal, federal, state and local partners and address issues related to public health emergency preparedness and response. Informational kiosks set up in the main conference center offered the attendees the opportunity to find grants, resources, information and subject matter experts to assist with developing; enhancing and further building program capacity and capability. Information kiosks included partners from FEMA, US Health and Human Services, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Emergency Management Division, American Indian Health Commission, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, The Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council, Seattle & King County APC, Multnomah County APC and the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.
For more information, including a full agenda of the two days, please visit the conference website.