Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

2011 Integrated Training Summit

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!

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Carina Elsenboss responds:

May 5 2011 - 12:43pm

Dr. Keim’s presentation, Integrating Health Volunteers into Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction, has not been made available on the Integrated Training Summit website, nor the CD of presentations that was distributed at the summit. However, each presenter’s contact information was included in the training summit manual, and Dr. Mark Keim’s email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Attached is the ITS manual, which can also be found at The abstract for Dr. Keim’s presentation is on page 42 of the manual, which gives a thorough overview of the topic.

Don Brannen responds:

May 5 2011 - 10:15am

Please send me your presentation on risk reduction.

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