Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

Portland based Advanced Practice Center rises to the training challenge!!!

It’s true. Seattle may have beaten us for “The West’s Best Food Town” in this month’s issue of Sunset Magazine, but we’ll give them a run for their money on most things any day. Despite the friendly rivalry between the Queen City and the smaller Rose City to the south, we’re pretty certain we can agree on at least one thing: the importance of creating safe, healthy and resilient communities in the face of man-made or natural disasters.

The Advanced Practice Center program at Multnomah County Health Department (Portland, Ore.) has worked diligently over the past two years to develop a portfolio of surge capacity toolkits for local health departments. Focused on an inclusive approach to just-in-time training (I-JITT), these toolkits were developed to enhance traditional JITT programs by using an inclusive framework—or one that considers the cognitive, behavioral and emotional needs of responders, while acknowledging the way in which adults learn, as well as the cultural influences of individuals, groups and organizations. A third tool allows preparedness planners to critically assess how to allocate staff during a large-scale emergency requiring both public health investigation and mass prophylaxis operations.

So, admit it Seattle. While you bring near perfection to all things “city”, you can’t deny our dedication and commitment to building resilient communities (or the food cart movement, for that matter!). And hey, who has a TV show based on them, anyway?

Visit the MCHD APC Web site to learn more about their workforce development/I-JITT resources. Questions? Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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