NACCHO Annual Preview
Posted on: July 7 2010 - 11:49am
Next Wednesday, local health department representatives from all over the country will be descending on Memphis for NACCHO’s yearly reunion—NACCHO Annual 2010. NACCHO members meet regularly throughout the year—but this is NACCHO’s largest gathering—more than 1,000 people will be in “M-town” for the meeting.
You can catch King County at a couple of the events. Public Health-Seattle & King County’s Carina Elsenboss (APC Program Manager) and Matias Valenzuela (from the King County Equity & Social Justice Initiative) will be presenting on Friday’s first sharing session about community engagement and health equity. The focus of the session will a discussion tool that is based on the Unnatural Causes documentary, and resources for engaging community members. That session is Friday morning at 8am in Ballroom C.
Seattle & King County will have three posters on display on Thursday afternoon. Dr. Kay Koelemay has two posters based on her work on ensuring medical care for children and infants during an emergency. Poster #1 is a strategy for vaccinating pregnant and birthing women that was developed and implemented during the H1N1 outbreak last year. Poster #2 addresses regional hospital coordination in case a pediatric-specific hospital is inaccessible or unable to receive patients during a large-scale medical emergency. There’s one more poster! We’ll share the results of the day-long discussions we had with community members on their beliefs surrounding medical care during a health emergency (See an image of Poster #3 below.) King County will also be accepting awards for Model Practices.
Since we’ve just wrapped up our fall H1N1 after-action process, I’m personally looking forward to a session on quality improvement and implementation of best practices in a clinic setting during the first six weeks of H1N1 vaccination. There are a ton of interesting talks over the three days—I wish I could clone myself! I won’t technically be live blogging. But I’ll keep you posted as much as I can on the memorable moments and key takeaways. (The lessons learned takeaways, folks, not the grab bags…) And of course, I’ll have my camera ready for any public health celebrity (or Elvis) sightings.
Watch out Memphis! Here we come!