612 Emergency Preparation and Response Planning for Health Educators

Friday, March 16, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:15 PM
Convention Center: Room 206
AAHE/Administer Strategies/Interventions/Programs
Presider: Brian F. Geiger, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Panelists: William Potts-Datema1; Brian F. Geiger2; Bojana Beric3; Joel B. Rodgers2; and Jannese Stallworth2, (1)CDC/DASH, Atlanta, GA, (2)University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, (3)Monmouth University, Short Hills, NJ
Presenters will discuss unique contributions of health educators in emergency preparation and planning across school, community and health care settings. Advance planning includes: identifying an incident commander; developing a communication plan; recognizing potential hazards and threats of infection; obtaining needed materials and supplies; and recruiting professionals and volunteers for a network of responders. Inclusive preparedness training engages professionals, volunteers and the general public in multi-step exercises requiring active discussion and response coordination.