I am here in Dallas attending the 2009 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As a Public Health Nurse and Coordinator of a local chapter of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), I am taking part in this summit as a local public health official and MRC leader trained to respond to any emergency endangering the health and safety of any citizen. Groups of firefighters, EMTs, veterinarian specialists, animal rescue specialists, Medical Reserve Corps members and leaders, and a host of other emergency preparedness and response players are here to network, connect and learn in a robust and collaborative environment.
Subjects covered in the summit include mass fatality events, terrorism, animal rescue, weather emergencies, decontamination, volunteer recruitment and management, and all manner of detailed trainings geared to enhancing emergency response on a local, regional and national level.
I hope to glean a great deal of valuable information from this training, subsequently bringing home crucial learning that will enhance my ability to effectively achieve the goals of my multifaceted professional responsibilities.