2018 Disaster Preparedness for Behavioral Health Professionals

April 17, 2018 | 8:00am - 12:00pm | Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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June 4, 2018 | 8:00am - 12:00pm | Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Jackson, Tennessee

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June 5, 2018 | 8:00am - 12:00pm | Embassy Suites by Hilton, Nashville-South/Cool Springs, Franklin, Tennessee

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Basic Infection Control — Assessing and Planning

Rachel Franklin, MBA, HA, Emergency Response Coordinator, Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee


PowerPoint Presentation

Handout 1 - Article 1

Handout 2 - Article 2

Handout 3 - TN PsySTART Fact Sheet

Handout 4 - MH Office of Crisis Intervention Map

Handout 5 - Emergency Kit

Links Provided in PowerPoint Presentation

A mass scale emergency event is one of the most traumatic and stressful experiences. Mental Health Professionals are considered vital first responders during these events and are looked at to provide immediate crisis intervention and disaster mental health services to victims and others impacted by the event. Mental Health Professionals may be deployed to areas that have recently experienced natural or manmade disasters or to areas that are experiencing public health emergencies, such as widespread infectious disease. It is imperative that these responders are familiar with health and safety guidelines among a wide range of emergency events to ensure their own wellbeing and peace of mind.  This training will review the various types of emergency events that may prompt a need for emergency mental health services, including both facts and myths regarding the nature of these events, and provide health and safety information for each type of event to which mental health professionals may be deployed.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Familiarity with the major types of emergency events: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive
  2. Learn health and safety tips for each type of major emergency
  3. Donning and Doffing of general Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Rachel is the Emergency Preparedness and Notifiable Disease Program Director at the Metro Public Health Dept in Nashville, TN. She earned a BS Degree in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Lipscomb University in 2007. Upon graduation, a chance opportunity with Public Health Emergency Preparedness became available, leading to a newfound passion for disaster planning, coordination, community education and emergency response. Rachel has led response efforts for numerous disasters and infectious disease outbreaks in her ten years with Public Health Emergency Preparedness, including the H1N1 “Swine Flu” Outbreak (2009), the Middle TN Flood (2010), the Ebola Pandemic (2015) and the Zika Virus Outbreak (2016). She has provided emergency preparedness trainings to thousands of people nationwide, including specialized professionals and community leaders. Rachel lives in Nashville with her husband, Andrew, and puppy, Rosie.

Infectious Disease & Behavioral Health — Eliminating Fear and Anxiety

Elizabeth Hart, Associate Director, Office of Communications & Media Relations, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, Tennessee


PowerPoint Presentation

During this interactive session, Ms. Hart will address the importance of communication between behavioral health professionals and local and state partners before, during, and after a disaster or hazardous situations.

Using communication as a base, participants will learn the importance of crafting and delivering messages to clients and staff that provide knowledge and calm fear during a disaster or high-stress situations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss advantages of effective communication
  2. Identify strategies to leverage social media to foster more effective communication
  3. Practice strategies learned through interactive exercises

Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart began working in radio at WJAB, 90.9 FM, in 2001 as a news reporter while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University. A love for journalism and medicine led Hart to career in health communications beginning with a position as the Media Coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine followed by several years as the Director of Marketing for the Indiana State Department of Health. Hart took a brief break from public service to take on the role as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for Indiana Black Expo, Inc., a mid-size nonprofit which hosts two major fundraisers each year attracting more than 350,000 to downtown Indianapolis.

In October of 2012, Hart relocated to Memphis, TN to become the Public Information Officer for the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) and became the Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations for the Tennessee Department of Health in 2017.

Hart’s dedication and love for the well-being of others has helped SCHD have great success with their public outreach by utilizing various forms of media to disseminate information about health threats such as influenza, Zika virus, severe heat and insect infestations. Hart has also been an integral part of public education campaigns to increase breastfeeding, prenatal care, proper sleeping positions for infants, workplace health initiatives and more. Hart has received national recognition for her use of social media in public health by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) as well as the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC).

Hart is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, NACCHO and NPHIC. She is a former board member of the Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals; a former board member of the Indiana Minority AIDS Coalition and a Girl Scouts Troop Leader.


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