2013 Professional and Volunteer Responder Integrated Training Summit

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Dr. Lisa Brown presents at the 2013 Professional and Volunteer Responder Integrated Training Summit

The USF College of Public Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP) partnered with the West Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps to present the 2013 Professional and Volunteer Responder Integrated Training Summit on Saturday, May 18, in the Samuel P. Bell Auditorium at the USF College of Public Health.  Professional and volunteer emergency responders from across the Tampa Bay area attended this training.

Lisa M. Brown, PhD, an Associate Professor at USF and an evaluator for the CLPHP, gave a presentation about strategies for incorporating psychological first aid intervention with evidence-based medical practices, methods for enhancing communication skills, and the influence of ethics and values on the delivery of disaster behavioral health care.

Michele Baker, Chief Assistant County Administrator of Pasco County, gave the keynote address. Drawing on her professional experience from Hurricane Andrew and the no-name storm of 1993, she spoke about the crucial role of and need for volunteers, the importance of pre-event training, and integrating volunteers into disaster response.

Other presenters included Dr. Scott Norwood, who described the impact that the post-Katrina casualty surge out of New Orleans had on Baton Rouge and its medical facilities; Sue Wolf-Fordham, J.D., who described the University of MA Medical School E. K. Shriver Center’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative training projects for volunteer and professional responders and for the disability community, their resources and best practices, and lessons learned about positive collaborations between the response community and the disability community; and Richard Salkowe, DPM, who focused on the varied roles that volunteers serve in rural areas to mitigate the adverse health-related consequences of disasters. The training also included a video presentation by Richard McNelis, Esq., about legal considerations for volunteer responders; teamwork exercises; and a panel discussion on utilizing the strengths and number of volunteer assets to close the emergency response gap.

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 Summit participants build teamwork through a hands-on exercise

For more information about the Professional and Volunteer Responder Integrated Training Summit, please see http://wcfmrc.org/2013-volunteer-responder-integrated-training-and-recruitment-summit. For more information about the CLPHP and its training programs, please see http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/clphp.

Photo credit – West Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps