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   The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of



their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health,



Preparedness and Response Training Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department



Administrator and Betty McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency



Services attended the three day event held in Nashville, TN.



   The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of



their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health,



Preparedness and Response Training Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department



Administrator and Betty McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency



Services attended the three day event held in Nashville, TN.







   Two of the main sponsors of the conference were the National Disaster



Medical System (NDMS) and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).



The National Disaster Medical System is a federally coordinated system that



augments the nation's medical response capability.  The overall purpose of



the NDMS is to supplement an integrated national medical response capability



for assisting state and local authorities in dealing with medical impacts of



major peacetime disasters.  The United States Public Health Services (USPHS)



mission is to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our



nation.







   McNaught notes, "As a Health Department we were interested in the focus



on Public Health.  The summit dealt with the broad scope and complicated



nature of health threats after hazards require an interdisciplinary approach



to public health.  A foundation of "prevention versus reaction" in public



health methods will increase overall community resilience. From the



responder health issues after 9/11 and the long-term recovery from the gulf



oil spill to the fungal skin infections in Joplin, MO, public health



response continues long after public interest has waned."







   The summit featured a multitude of informative workshops covering such



varied topic areas as: Planning Done Right, Heat Emergency Response Plans



and Implementation, Successful Strategies in Volunteer Integration,



Bioterrorism and the Emerging Infectious Disease Threat, Leadership-When it



Counts Most, and Room for Mistakes: Learning from International Disaster



Response."







   The summit is held annually to benefit a broad range of public health



professionals involved in emergency preparedness, planning and response,



including state and local health professionals in the following disciplines:



public health administration, environmental health, nursing, communicable



disease, laboratory services, hospital emergency services, and other



emergency response areas.







   McNaught adds, "By attending conferences such as these the Health



Department's Emergency Preparedness Program strives to take an active part



in our area's response to emergency situations either 'man-made' or



'naturally occurring;' and stay up-to-date on the most current information."







   For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Program through the



Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309)



852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on



Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.



 

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