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Workshop to Address Communicating wtih Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 06, 2014  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox, 502-564-6786, ext. 3100 or 3102  


The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will host an interactive television (ITV) workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time on Oct. 22 to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.

 “The Kentucky Outreach and Information Network and the Kentucky Functional Needs Collaborative have been two of DPH’s key partners for getting out information to vulnerable populations during public health emergencies,” said Stephanie Mayfield, 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.”

The interactive workshop will give Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN)/Kentucky Functional Needs Collaborative (KFNC) members the opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions, network and share ideas on ways to improve communication and outreach to vulnerable populations throughout Kentucky.

This year’s agenda features topics on kynect, Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection; Chronic Disease Resource Manual for Disaster Preparedness; Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board Overview; Kentucky Programs for the Elderly during Emergencies and Disasters; Medical Countermeasures for Community Preparedness; and an update on the KOIN/KFNC.

The meeting will be led from the Kentucky Department for Public Health in 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/KFNC members to better prepare for emergencies.

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 or non-English proficiency speakers; individuals with low literacy levels; the elderly; disabled; economically disenfranchised and residents of remote rural areas.

The KNFC was established in 2011 and is comprised of established partners who are subject matter experts on specific vulnerable populations. The KFNC ensures an effective public health emergency response system in Kentucky for vulnerable populations.

If interested in attending a local workshop, contact Barbara Fox at (502) 564-6786, ext. 3102, or by e-mail at BarbaraJ.Fox@ky.gov for a list of participating ITV sites.

More information about the KOIN is available online at www.healthalerts.ky.gov/KOIN.htm. Contact Kenyetta Pinkston at (502) 564-7243, ext. 4049, or by e-mail at Kenyetta.Pinkston@ky.gov for more information about the KFNC.  

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Last Updated 10/8/2014