RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall

  The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of
their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Public Health and Medical
Preparedness Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department Administrator and Betty
McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency Services attended the
three day event held in Lombard, IL.

  The Henry and Stark County Health Department announces that members of
their staff recently attended the 2012 Integrated Public Health and Medical
Preparedness Summit.  Gail Ripka, Health Department Administrator and Betty
McNaught, RN Health Department Director of Emergency Services attended the
three day event held in Lombard, IL.

   McNaught notes, "The conference theme was 'Partnering With a Shared
Vision.'  It featured a multitude of informative workshops covering such
varied topic areas as: community preparedness, medical surge, volunteer
management, emergency public information and warning, information sharing,
non-pharmaceutical interventions, emergency operations coordination, and
medical material management and distribution."

   The summit is held annually to benefit a broad range of public health
professionals involved in emergency preparedness, planning and response,
including state and local health professionals in the following disciplines:
public health administration, environmental health, nursing, communicable
disease, laboratory services, food protection, immunization, hospital
emergency services, and other emergency response areas.

   McNaught adds, "This year's summit featured an excellent opening session
entitled, 'The New Normal in the 21st Century' presented by Lt. General
Russel Honore', Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, and Global
Preparedness Expert.  In addition, we were able to attend some great break
out sessions like: 'Joplin 5:41,' 'RMS Titanic! Applying Incident Command
System (ICS) Would It Have Made a Difference,' and 'Siren Emergency
Notification System Advanced Features.'

   In addition, the conference featured exhibit booths, special event
sponsorships, satellite broadcasts, live webcasts, informative roundtable
sessions, and valuable networking activities.

   McNaught adds, "By attending conferences such as these the Health
Department's Emergency Preparedness Program strives to take an active part
in our area's response to emergency situations either 'man-made' or
'naturally occurring;' and stay up-to-date on the most current information."

   For more information on the Emergency Preparedness Program through the
Henry and Stark County Health Departments call the Department at (309)
852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on
Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.