Medical Reserve Corps Workshop
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Health Alert Network (HAN)
The Kentucky Health Alert Network (HAN) is the primary communication and collaboration tool for Public Health in Kentucky. HAN is a secure, Internet-based system that provides the ability to instantly be in contact and work together with other government and non-government personnel playing a role in public health. HAN provides simple tools for alerting, sharing and reviewing documentation and retrieving contact information. The system is administered at the state level as well as at the local level by Health Department Public Health Preparedness Planners. To learn more about becoming a participant please visit our website:
One key public health response challenge in Kentucky is delivering critical public medical interventions quickly during an emergency. A successful program will save lives and reduce suffering, illness and injury associated with a public health emergency or catastrophic event. A point of dispensing (POD) clinic is an important community tool used to meet this challenge. A POD is a temporary facility designed to quickly provide the public medication from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) such as antibiotics, antivirals, antitoxins and vaccines, usually within 48 hours.
Successfully implementing a POD requires careful planning and coordination of resources. Volunteers are the most important resource required to successfully operate a POD. In Kentucky, volunteers are provided by the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Local MRC units in the state are largely managed and educated by local public health departments.
This summer workshop is designed to provide basic MRC and POD training and allow volunteers to practice operating in a POD environment. In addition to universal instruction, participants will also receive discipline-specific information and practice. Disciplines included in this course are nursing and doctoring, pharmacology, social work and administration. This course is appropriate for both new volunteers and current MRC members. By actively developing the knowledge and skills necessary to work together in a POD, public health agencies across the Commonwealth will be better prepared to save lives and protect our communities during times of emergencies and disasters.
- 7:30 a.m. Registration
- 8:30 Welcome
- 8:40 Keynote Address
- 8:50 MRC and K HELPS Orientation
- 9:20 Introduction to the Strategic National Stockpile
- 10 Break
- 10:15 Breakout Sessions
- 11:45 Lunch
- 1 p.m. Practical Session 1
- 2:25 Break
- 2:35 Practical Session 2
- 4 Break
- 4:10 Debriefing-Discussion period, hot wash, final questions
- 4:30 End of day
The venue for this event is The Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky. Parking is available at 430 West Vine Street. Additional parking is also available at surrounding parking lots and garages. Overnight accomodations are also available nearby.
The Lexington Center
430 West Vine Street
Lexington, Ky. 40507
For directions, you may use the above address or use
Please note: The Lexington Center is also commonly referred to as Heritage Hall and Rupp Arena, as these facilities are part of The Lexington Center complex.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is pleased to announce that it has partnered with various professional organizations and is offering continuing education units (CEUs) for this event. In order to properly document your attendance at this workshop, please register using the Kentucky Department for Public Health's TRAIN Learning Management system. You may click the following links to both register for the event and obtain a guidance document for using TRAIN for the first time.
If you have continued technical difficulty with registration on TRAIN, please use the following link to provide us with some basic information which will be used to reserve a seat at the event and expedite your on-site registration process. Please only use this form in the event that you have contacted the TRAIN staff and still have difficulty.