Patrick Gardner gains experience in Tribal healthcare and emergency management
Patrick Gardner, of the USF College of Public Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP), participated in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents training July 28-August 2. The training was provided and funded by the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, AL, which is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The training focused on Tribal healthcare and emergency management in all-hazards disasters involving mass casualties. Mr. Gardner will use the knowledge and Tribal contacts acquired to further the CLPHP’s mission, curriculum, and trainings.
The session began with a blessing ceremony performed by a participating Native American leader and culminated in a hands-on exercise at the Noble Training Facility, a former Army hospital converted into a center for health and medical disaster training. Noble is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
The Noble Training Facility has extensive simulation areas; classrooms, a computer lab, and a resource area; and two prototype mass casualty decontamination lanes. Use of the former hospital made the final exercise convincingly realistic, as it took place in the actual ER and hospital rooms.
The University of South Florida College of Public Health is the parent organization for the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice. In addition to the center’s preparedness training, the college’s Department of Global Health offers online concentrations in disaster management and humanitarian relief that lead to a graduate certificate and MPH degree.