Preparedness and Threats Theme of Public Health Week

Like many communities across the country, New Haven strives to help residents overcome barriers to preparing for the next public health emergency. In this spirit, the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness (YCPHP) is sponsoring a series of roundtable discussions in collaboration with community leaders during National Public Health Week April 2-8.

The theme for the week is “Take the First Step! Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation’s Vulnerable Populations.”

The American Public Health Association, its 30,000 members, and public health associations and agencies across the country will highlight the importance of preparing for the next public health emergency. The association states that despite the growing threat of a natural or man-made disaster, only a small percentage of Americans have emergency plans in place. Being prepared is an even bigger challenge, the association said, for some of the nation’s support organizations and the most vulnerable populations they serve, such as mothers with young children, local food banks, hourly wage workers, schools serving children in kindergarten through 12th grade, and individuals with chronic health conditions,

In conjunction with this year’s themes, the roundtable discussions will cover four of the APHA themes for the week and will occur throughout New Haven. All events are free; the public is encouraged to participate actively. 

Following is a schedule of related YCPHP-sponsored events:

Monday, April 2, 2007
Theme: Mothers with Children in the Household
Location: Wilson Branch Library, 303 Washington Ave., New Haven
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Invited Speaker: Michelle Funaro, American Red Cross
Topic:  Developing a comprehensive family preparedness plan.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Theme: Food Banks
Location: Stetson Branch Library, 200 Dixwell Avenue, Dixwell Plaza, New Haven
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Invited Speaker:  Nancy Carrington, CT Food Bank
Topic: The Food Bank’s plans to ensure continuity of services before, during and after an emergency.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Theme: Hourly Wage Workers
Location: Gateway Community College, 60 Sargent Drive., New Haven
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Invited Speakers: Discussion with Rev. John Scott and local business leaders.
Topic: Continuity of Operations Plans for businesses affected by disasters

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Theme: K-12 schools
Location: Board of Education Office, 54 Meadow Street, New Haven
Time: noon – 1:30 p.m.
Invited Speaker:  Discussion with staff of the New Haven public school system
Topic: School preparedness plans

The YCPHP works to ensure that frontline public health workers are prepared to respond to public health emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and disease outbreaks. To achieve this mission, the Center focuses on the preparedness of the existing public health workforce, as well as new members of the workforce, and offers specialty education to those who plan to focus on public health preparedness.  The Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness, based at the Yale School of Public Health, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Co-sponsors for the week’s events include: the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness, the Connecticut Public Health Association, New Haven Health Department, American Red Cross/New Haven Chapter, Connecticut Food Bank,  Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Gateway Community College, and the New Haven Board of Education.

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