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NWCPHP researchers shared their strategies with national partners at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta February 22–25.

March 11, 2011

NWCPHP researchers shared their strategies with national partners at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta February 22–25.

Hilary Karasz and Sharon Bogan, co-investigator and project manager respectively, presented on a project studying text messaging for public health emergencies at a Town Hall session showcasing new research through the CDC's Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC) program. Several hundred people attended. During the session, they shared research findings on the use of text messaging among specific populations and insights for implementing texting programs within a real world, local public health setting.

NWCPHP Director Susan Allan and Mei-Po Yip, a co-investigator on the Limited English Proficiency 911 project, were part of a lively discussion about how to make research results readily usable by public health practitioners and how to work with limited English proficiency populations. This project focuses on ways to work with 911 operators to improve communication with limited English proficient (LEP) populations. About 90 people attended the presentation.

Luann D'Ambrosio and Sarah Paliulis, NWCPHP Assistant Director and Web Computing Specialist respectively, also hosted an NWCPHP exhibit at the Summit. It was visited by professionals from across the country who were interested in training, research, and evaluation activities in preparedness and emergency response.

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