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Public health emergency preparedness requires the considered implementation of a number of tools, one of which is the Incident Management System (IMS). However, IMS may not lend itself readily to adaptation to the public health environment since it was not originally intended for this application. Challenges in application may result in a lack of appreciation of IMS by public health professionals, resulting in poor uptake and utility of this important component of a robust and integrated emergency preparedness and response system. In this session, the presenters will describe the elements of an approach to developing and implementing emergency preparedness training that emphasizes the application of IMS and related tools to public health.
Presenters: Moira Grant and Richard Bochenek
Moira Grant, education specialist in Emergency Preparedness and Knowledge Services at PHO, ensures that PHO’s public health emergency preparedness training support resources and educational sessions are grounded in the theory and best practices of adult education.
Richard Bochenek, Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) protocol development officer, leads PHO’s Emergency Preparedness and Incident Response (EPIR) team in developing and delivering the PHO Incident Management System (IMS) for Public Health training module, an IMS-based public health emergency preparedness workshop.
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