- Alliance Background
Deliver training to Pennsylvania rural counties that addresses what rural
responders must know about public health emergencies, especially pandemic
influenza, common hazards, biological hazards, personal protection and OSHA’s
role in disaster response.
- Implementation Team Members
Sheryl Wallace, Rural Preparedness Project Coordinator; David Piposzar,
Professor Graduate School of Public Health. Joseph Chmielewski, Compliance
Assistance Specialist, Erie Area Office.
January 18, 2008 – January 18, 2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
We had three face to face meetings on March 28, 2008; July 11, 2008 and December
15, 2008. We conducted about 12 telephone conference calls during this time
- Events and Products
Training and Education
Training delivered to rural responders who will be called upon to fulfill public
emergency functions. Training covered: Understanding of critical public health
emergency functions and services; Identifying key partners in community based
disease surveillance and early warning systems; Understanding the role of local
hospitals and laboratories in supporting disease control; Communicating basic
infection control practices: protecting yourself, your family, patients and
others; Where to turn for further information and training.
Training sessions were conducted in 13 counties of Pennsylvania and included:
Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Clinton, Elk, Lawrence, Lycoming, Montgomery,
Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Union.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
- Upcoming Milestones
The project started with training sessions in Western Pennsylvania and continued
throughout the state. Work toward the goal of providing safety and health
training to rural responders in 42 counties in Pennsylvania is being
accomplished. Thus far training has been conducted in 36 counties with 1,222
individuals being trained.