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10th Anniversary for NWCPHP and Tribal Conference Partnership

This year marks the 10th anniversary of a unique collaboration between NWCPHP and our tribal public health partners to strengthen regional emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Evaluation is a key part of improving the partnership each year.
10th Anniversary for NWCPHP and Tribal Conference Partnership

A general session during the 2012 Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of a unique collaboration between NWCPHP and our tribal public health partners to strengthen regional emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Evaluation is a key part of improving the partnership each year.

September 30, 2013

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the region’s annual Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference. The event brings together tribal, state, local, and federal agencies to strengthen regional public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Over the years, NWCPHP has helped evaluate the conference, an important activity for ongoing improvement each year.

Rachel Ford of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board led the planning efforts. She comments, “NWCPHP was responsive during the conference evaluation process. They are the ultimate professionals and provide great service and insights.”

In 2012, work by the NWCPHP evaluation team helped shift the conference to a new format, allowing for more information sharing and networking. This year’s participants gathered in June at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino outside Spokane, Washington to take full advantage of the opportunity to share best practices and experiences.

According to the recent evaluation, attendees identified the diverse array of speakers as one of the most valuable aspects of the conference. Sessions on risk and emergency communications, managing volunteers, using the incident command system, and effective vaccine distribution received high marks. When thinking about future conferences, participants indicated they would like more information on vulnerable populations, interagency collaboration, and national disaster response.

NWCPHP Research Assistant Megan Hawthorne helped with the evaluation. She comments, “All conference partners appreciate the efforts to make this event better each year. Conference planners will use the results and apply the key findings as they plan for next year."

This year’s conference was hosted by the Kalispel Tribe. Coordination was led by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority, the Indian Health Service, and the American Indian Health Commission.

Contact the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for more information on the planning efforts for next year’s event. Contact Luann D'Ambrosio to learn more about NWCPHP's evaluation services.

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