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A Smooth Northwest Ride of Dreams

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) recently teamed up to help the inaugural Northwest Ride of Dreams event run smoothly.
A Smooth Northwest Ride of Dreams

Northwest Ride of Dreams car show photo courtesy Katherine Sabourin.

September 1, 2010

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) recently teamed up to help the inaugural Northwest Ride of Dreams event run smoothly.

The Northwest Ride of Dreams is a statewide celebration that benefits Special Olympics Washington. Washington State law enforcement organized the event. On Saturday, August 28, motorcyclists met at various points throughout Washington State and proceeded to Ellensburg for a celebration that included a classic car show, entertainment, food, and a Special Olympics athlete introduction.

Events such as the Northwest Ride of Dreams need to be well-organized if everyone is to have fun and remain safe. NWCPHP recently released an online training module available at no cost called "Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared?" which addresses critical public health and medical issues to consider when planning a mass gathering event. For the Northwest Ride of Dreams, NWCPHP and PHSKC provided the medical plan for the overall Incident Action Plan (IAP), and training for event volunteers about the signs of food- and heat-related illnesses and allergies.

“I have seen numerous IAP medical plans but none as complete as this. It is nice to have experts contribute. Many thanks to Katherine Sabourin, ” said Sergeant Peter Verhaar of the Seattle Police Department.

Interim Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh agreed, saying "Thanks for the hard work. It is impressive."

Katherine Sabourin is a Masters in Public Health (MPH) 2011 Candidate at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Sabourin led the medical and public health planning for this event as part of her MPH practicum responsibilities under the co-direction of Michael Loehr, Director of Preparedness, PHSKC, and Andy Stergachis of the NWCPHP.

Because of the excellent planning conducted by statewide law enforcement and others, the Northwest Ride of Dreams was a day of fun for everyone involved.

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