Health and Family Services Cabinet
Workshop to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations During Emergencies
Statewide News Release Media Contact: Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox
(502) 564-6786, Ext. 3100 or 3102
Workshop to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2011) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will host two community workshops to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.
““The Kentucky Outreach and Information Network has been one of DPH’s key partners for getting out information to vulnerable populations during public health emergencies,” said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. “Reaching these populations with accurate and timely information during emergencies is one of our top priorities and the program's comprehensive materials and approach have set a standard for public health outreach to vulnerable populations across the nation.”
Both of this year’s workshops will give Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN) members the opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions, network and share ideas on ways to improve communicationand outreach to vulnerable populations throughout Kentucky.
This year’s agenda features topics on creating a resilient communication network, an upcoming large-scale exercise and findings from the 2010 Communication and Technology Survey.
One face-to-face workshop has been scheduled to meet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Berry Hill Mansion (700 Louisville Rd., Frankfort). An interactive television (ITV) format workshop will take place from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, April 28. The meeting will be led from Frankfort and broadcast to ITV sites at local health departments across the state. This format will allow local health department officials to get acquainted with their regional KOIN members to better prepare for emergencies.
Participating ITV sites include: Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, Floyd County Health Department, Gateway District Health Department, Green River District Health Department, Hopkins County Health Department, Jessamine County Health Department, Knox County Health Department, Laurel County Health Department, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Lincoln Trail District Health Department, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Pike County Health Department and Whitley County Health Department.
The goal of the KOIN, established in 2004, is to ensure that in the event of a public health emergency, communication channels are in place to contact some of Kentucky’s most difficult-to-reach populations. Those populations include the deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired, limited English proficiency speakers, individuals with low literacy levels, the elderly, disabled, the economically disenfranchised and residents of remote rural areas.
For more information, contact Barbara Fox at (502) 564-6786, ext. 3102, or by e-mail at BarbaraJ.Fox@ky.gov. More information about the KOIN is available online at www.healthalerts.ky.gov/KOIN.htm.