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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

1. Why are we here?

The Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO) consists of volunteer Boards of Health in Franklin County plus Williamsburg and Goshen, working on mandated goals from the Department of Public Health to plan for emergencies such as the distribution of immunizations, avian flu, and vulnerable population planning.  Boards of Health, whether elected or appointed, are in large part volunteers working to meet a large number of unfunded mandates.  The issue of vulnerable population planning had largely been tabled, because of lack of resources.  So, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) applied for and received a $25,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for emergency planning and needs assessment regarding individuals with disabilities.

Under the NACCHO grant, MAPHCO, FRCOG, and other organizations such as:

Disability Law Center

Stavros Center for Independent Living

MA Rehabilitation Commission

United ARC

Baystate Visiting Nurses Association

Baystate Ambulance

Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps

Franklin County Home Care Corp. –

Area Agency on Aging

TRIAD Program

Mohawk Trail Regional School District

Department of Mental Health

Franklin Regional Transportation Authority

joined together to discuss personal preparedness for individuals with disabilities.  The goal was to develop a training manual to educate providers and consumers on personal preparedness and developing emergency plans on the local level.  Today’s training is the product of this collaboration, along with several focus groups with consumers and voluminous research.  

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