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Workshop to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 27, 2010  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox,
(502) 564-6786, Ext. 3325 or 4411
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Apr. 27, 2010) – 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.
       “When public health emergencies or disasters occur, one of our top priorities is getting accurate and timely information to the public,” said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. “Unfortunately, traditional methods of communicating health and emergency information often fall short in reaching all members of a community. That is why we continue to have a strong focus on work involving our grassroots communications network, the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network.”
       The Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN) has been one of DPH’s key partners for getting out information to vulnerable populations and providing feedback on the response during events such as the novel 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) outbreak, the 2009 winter ice storm and food recalls.
       This year’s KOIN workshops will focus on the current novel 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) outbreak response and ways to improve communication and outreach to vulnerable populations throughout Kentucky.      
       Two workshops have been scheduled:
       - Frankfort: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in conference suites A, B and C of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (275 E. Main St.)
       - Bowling Green: 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 5, in the conference room of the Barren River District Health Department (1109 State St.)
       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 and residents of remote rural areas.
       For more information, contact Barbara Fox at (502) 564-6786, ext. 4411, or by e-mail at BarbaraJ.Fox@ky.gov. More information about the KOIN is available online at www.chfs.ky.gov/KOIN.htm.

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