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Workshops to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox
(502) 564-6786

Workshops to Address Communicating with Vulnerable Populations during Emergencies


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2006) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health will host four informational community workshops to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies or other disasters.

     The goal of the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network (KOIN), established in 2004, is to ensure that, in the event of a public health emergency, communication channels are in place through a network of people who can 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.

     “When disasters occur, one of our top priorities is getting accurate and timely information to the public,” said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner for public health and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Unfortunately, traditional methods of communicating health and emergency information often fall short in reaching all members of a community. During this time we need to make sure our most vulnerable citizens are included in our plans, and that is why the KOIN is such a valuable tool to have in place for the commonwealth.”


     The following KOIN workshops have been scheduled:


     Bowling Green: Monday, Sept. 11, 1:30-4 p.m., Western Kentucky University, Downing University Center, Room 341, One Big Red Way.


     Lexington: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9-11:30 a.m., Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main St.


     Louisville: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:30-5 p.m., University of Louisville, Shelby Campus, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, Founders Union Building, Room 14.


     Hazard: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1:30-4 p.m., Hazard Community and Technical College, One Community College Drive.


     Members of the public who would like to attend a workshop, or if sign language interpreter services will be needed, should contact Barbara Fox at (502) 564-6786, ext. 4411, or by e-mail at More information about the KOIN is available online at




Last Updated 8/28/2006