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Best Poster Award Winner

A general conversation about the need for psychosocial considerations in emergency preparedness was the genesis for the poster that received the Best Poster Award at this year's 8th annual Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance's Cross Border Workshop.
Best Poster Award Winner

The award winning poster. Click on image to enlarge.

June 24, 2011

A general conversation about the need for psychosocial considerations in emergency preparedness was the genesis for the poster that received the Best Poster Award at this year's 8th annual Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance's Cross Border Workshop, held May 24–26, 2011 in Victoria, BC.

"When they announced that our poster won, I felt honored and humbled. What a feeling to know that our poster was relevant to organizations on both sides of the border!" said lead author, Jason Madrano, BSN, RN.

Although the Cross Borders Workshop organizers had expressed interest in psychosocial topics before, this was the first presentation or poster at the Workshop to focus on psychosocial considerations in emergency preparedness. The poster, titled "Cross-Border Psychosocial Considerations Before, During, and Following a Communicable Disease Outbreak," provided recommendations for addressing psychosocial issues associated with communicable disease.

"Our project was bolstered by recent research surrounding the psychosocial impacts of infectious disease outbreaks. Pandemics such as H1N1 highlight some of the unique psychosocial aspects of disasters," said Madrano.

While pursuing his studies in nursing at the University of Washington (UW), Madrano discovered a strong interest in emergency preparedness after taking two emergency preparedness courses from Randy Beaton, PhD, EMT. Madrano and Beaton talked about the general need for psychosocial considerations in emergency preparedness, which eventually led to the creation of the poster. Beaton, the poster's second author, had been involved with the Cross Borders Workshop before and identified it as a strong potential audience.

Madrano and his fellow authors worked with experts at the University of Washington, Public Health - Seattle & King County, and across the Canadian border with Royal Roads University. The insights of these individuals resulted in the poster's recommendations.

"What I found [at the Workshop] was an atmosphere of support and genuine interest. Colleagues from both sides of the border—as far away as New York and Nova Scotia—eagerly shared knowledge and resources," said Madrano.

 

Jason Madrano is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice scholar at the University of Washington School of Nursing, in the Community Health Nursing program, and a candidate in the graduate Emergency Preparedness and Response certificate program.

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