Jan. - April 2024

These webinars are made possible through a COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is administered by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Curriculum 101

Date: Jan. 31, 2024
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Preparedness and response to disasters has become an integral component of public health practice and systems at the local, state, national, and international level. The increased frequency of disasters coupled with unique consequences on vulnerable persons and communities increases the need for better disaster preparedness and response and, correspondently, an increase in a public health workforce trained in emergency preparedness and response. 

Session objectives

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of emergency preparedness and response (EPR)
  • Introduce health equity as an integral component of EPR
  • Explore various ways to integrate EPR content within undergraduate and graduate public health and health-focused curriculum.
Panelists/speakers
  • Kathy Berlin, RN PHN
    Former MRC Coordinator at the University of Minnesota
    Project Consultant with the Minnesota Private College Fund
  • Jenny Kluznik, MPH, MS, PA-C
    Project Consultant with the Minnesota Private College Fund
Webinar recording

Career Panel with Public Health Professionals who share their Path to Emergency Preparedness and Response

Date: Feb. 27, 2024
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will feature public health professionals working in a variety of organizations, including local and state health departments in the realm of public health emergency preparedness and response (EPR). Participants will be encouraged to ask questions as panelists share their journey and stories related to health equity, disaster behavioral health, and other related domains in the field of public health emergency preparedness. 

Intended audiences: Students, faculty and staff of MPCF institutions, open to other faculty and staff 

Session objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to: 

  • Begin to imagine a career in public health emergency preparedness and response. 
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of public health professionals whose work is related to emergency preparedness and response 
  • Articulate the importance of disaster behavioral health planning  
  • Understand the unique issues related to EPR in a rural setting 
Panelists/speakers
  • Janet Yeats, MA LMFT 
    Metro/Southeast Regional Behavioral Health Coordinator (RBHC) 
    Minnesota Behavioral Health MRC Co-Administrator 
    Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (Minnesota Department of Health)
  • Catherine Harrison, RN MPH 
    University of Minnesota 
    Deputy Director, Health Emergency Response Office
  • Jodi Budde 
    Chisago County Emergency Preparedness and Special Projects Coordinator 
Webinar recording

Introduction to Medical Reserve Corps: An Educational and Experiential Opportunity for Faculty and Students

Date: March 21, 2024
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will introduce the Medical Reserve Corps program; a volunteer emergency preparedness and response program that offers its members the opportunity to be of service to their communities during a public health emergency.

Intended Audience: Students, faculty and staff of MPCF institutions, open to other faculty and staff

Session objectives

By the end of this session participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the mission and purpose of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 
  • Outline the membership requirements  
  • Understand preparedness and response roles within an MRC activity 
Panelists/speakers
  • Brian Brown
    Emergency Preparedness Specialist/MRC Coordinator at Ramsey County 
  • Kathy Berlin RN, PHN
    Former MRC Coordinator at the University of Minnesota
    Project Consultant with the Minnesota Private College Fund 

Crisis and Emergency Communication

Date: April 24, 2024
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This webinar is designed for health (or safety) students and current professionals interested in being inclusive when preparing routine and/or emergency response public information with methods for successfully reaching external audiences. The webinar will include some brief interactive lessons to encourage two-way engagement and reinforce education.

Session objectives

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend how implicit bias can impact messaging.
  • List strategies for preparing key messages across multiple platforms will be addressed.
  • Understand the importance of choosing appropriate distribution methods and differences between routine and emergency response when there is a health crisis.
  • Articulate the importance of using civic engagement strategies to reach target audiences.
Panelists/speakers

Lillian McDonald
Senior Managing Director of Emergency Response Services (ERS)
Twin Cities PBS (TPT)