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Roles and Contributions of a Nonprofit Research Institute in Tumultuous Times

December 5, 2006. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Scott F. Wetterhall, MD, MPH, provides a brief overview of the history and role of not-for-profit institutes in conducting government research.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Scott F. Wetterhall, MD, MPH, provides a brief overview of the history and role of not-for-profit institutes in conducting government research. Two examples of current projects are presented. Both projects reflect the work that RTI, a not-for-profit company, is currently conducting in public health preparedness: a) Creating a Web-based software application for identifying, tracking, and locating patients and other victims during a disaster; and b) Conducting a national survey to assess knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Advance Life Support emergency medical service providers regarding individual and community-based medical threats from cyanide exposure.

Air date: December 5, 2006

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role that not-for-profit institutes play in supporting and executing the research agenda of the federal government.
  • Reassess their capacity and preparedness to identify, locate, and track victims of disasters within their own communities.
  • Evaluate their community's risk of cyanide exposure, as well as their local EMS capacity to respond to these threats.

Intended Audience

Local and state public health officials; Local and state Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers; Local and state emergency managers

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenter

Scott F. Wetterhall, MD, MPH, is a popular lecturer on public health topics of contemporary interest. For the past 10 years, his research interests have included issues of public health preparedness at the local, state, and federal levels. He created the surveillance system used during the 1996 Olympics. Prior to joining RTI International in 2004, he spent more than 20 years as a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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