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Feb. 24, 2006
Contact: Marta Skalacki, KU Medical Center, (913) 588-4543.

KU Med Center Continuing Education to offer pandemic preparedness conferences

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is presenting a series of timely conferences across Kansas titled “Responding to Emerging Infections: Community Preparedness for the Next Pandemic in Kansas.”

The day-long conferences will help communities prepare for and respond to a potential pandemic influenza outbreak.

“Every community needs a contingency plan that will minimize illnesses and deaths and curtail societal disruption,” said Dale Grube, associate dean and director of Continuing Education at the medical center. “They must be prepared to mitigate at least the initial impacts of a disaster in case external resources and support are not immediately available. These conferences will give them a road map to follow.”

The conference sites and dates are: March 6, Holiday Inn Express, Pittsburg; March 9, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka; March 17, Overland Park Convention Center; March 27, VFW Hall, Hays; March 31, Wichita Hyatt Regency; April 5, Plaza Hotel, Garden City; and April 10, Salina Bicentennial Center.

The best plans are developed when they involve community stakeholders from across the public and private sectors, including health care professionals, emergency medical services personnel, veterinarians, pharmacists, school nurses, school administrators, allied health and public health personnel, hospital administrators and staff, fire services, law enforcement and community and business leaders and residents, said Grube.

Topics to be covered at each conference include: Avian Influenza: The Virus and Its History; Statewide and Community Preparedness: Roles of Professions; Methods of Containment and Surveillance; Business Continuity: The Economic Impact of Diseases; Hospital Safeguards: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina; Self-Care During a Pandemic Influenza; and Coping with Sudden Loss and Grief.

The registration fee is $75. To register, or for complete conference details, visit www.kansas-antiterror.org or contact KU toll free at 877-404-5823 or (785) 864-5823.

The conferences are sponsored by KU Medical Center Continuing Education and Kansas Area Health Education Centers with funding from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resource Services Administration, Health Care Systems Emergency Training Division. The conferences are accredited for continuing education for physicians, nurses and emergency medical services. All other professions will receive a certificate of attendance.

For additional information, contact Marta Skalacki, project manager, KU Medical Center Continuing Education, at (913) 588-4543 or mskalacki@kumc.edu.

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