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9th Annual Tribal Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Conference

On August 14–15, 2012, more than 250 participants from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon are expected to gather at the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference.
9th Annual Tribal Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Conference

Drummers from the Chehalis Tribe, which hosted the conference in 2010.

On August 14–15, 2012, more than 250 participants from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon are expected to gather at the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference.

July 11, 2012

Representatives from more than 30 tribes will be present at the 9th Annual Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference along with partners from local, state, federal, and tribal agencies. A primary goal of the conference will be to share strategies for improving regional emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. The Squaxin Island Tribe will host the event at the Little Creek Casino and Hotel in Shelton, Washington and will lead the opening events.

This year’s conference is a continuation on last year’s theme, “Bridging the Gap: Public Health and Emergency Management.” Keynote speakers will discuss tribal, federal, state, regional, and local perspectives on topics related to disaster risk reduction and response, community resiliency, and new technologies for emergency planning.

Breakout session topics include communication capabilities in Indian country, grant deliverables, collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Homeland Security, climate change, new memorandums of agreement under development in Washington State, and tribal best practices, among others.

The second day will feature the Fireside Chat, which offers tribal leadership an opportunity for candid dialogue with Washington State leaders on chosen emergency preparedness issues.

Participants will also have the opportunity to interact directly with tribal, federal, regional, state, and local partners that include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Emergency Management Division, American Indian Health Commission, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council, and NWCPHP. Information kiosks will provide attendees with an opportunity to find information on grants, resources, and personnel to assist with developing and enhancing tribal emergency preparedness program capacity and capabilities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues, identify funding opportunities, and share resources to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts throughout the region. Registration is free but participants must pay travel costs. Materials and full conference program are available online.

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