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Emergency Planning Session at PPA Mid-Year Conference
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Preparing for the Unexpected - The Community Pharmacist Role in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies


Advance registration for this program is closed - on-site registration will be available.


Target Audience: All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in any practice setting, including those working for wholesalers, insurers and others engaged in disaster response planning including hospitals and healthcare agency representatives, public health and emergency management agency planners who have a focus on meeting community pharmacy needs, including access to immunizations.  


This session will feature an interactive forum to prepare pharmacists and others engaged in medication provision for emergencies and disasters that have major public health impact.  The first ninety minutes of this session will feature presentations and panels that address the roles of pharmacists during public health emergencies.  Speakers will address the impact of Hurricane Sandy and other emergencies on pharmaceutical access in the mid-Atlantic region; the importance of business continuity planning and maintaining communication and information networks during emergencies; and describe opportunities for pharmacists and related organizations, such as wholesalers and insurers, to participate in public health emergency response activities. After a 15 minute break, the second half of the session will resume with a “tabletop” exercise scenario that will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with public health and other government public safety agencies.  The exercise will focus on roles and challenges that community pharmacists and the public may face in an emergency that disrupts normal business operations and the pharmaceutical supply chain, and promote problem solving and coordination with colleagues and government partners.


Program Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Distinguish pharmacy responsibilities that are necessary to maintain business continuity during disasters and roles and responsibilities for pharmacy wholesalers and government public safety agencies.
2. Develop strategies to facilitate business continuity or recovery of operations following an emergency that disrupts pharmacy operations.
3. Apply lessons learned from previous disasters and public health emergencies to planning for disasters that require the distribution of medications or vaccines (e.g., “medical countermeasures”).
4. Prepare for public health emergencies that jeopardize community access to life-sustaining medications for individuals with chronic medical conditions.
5. Utilize best practices for community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to develop plans for meeting the medication needs of people who require evacuation and sheltering during disasters.
6. Develop a communications plan for obtaining ‘situational awareness’ or up-to-date information about public health emergencies that impact pharmacy operations.
7. Interact with pharmacy organizations and government public safety agencies to address pharmacy challenges and community medication access during disasters.


UAN: 0159-0000-15-060-L04-P & 0159-0000-15-060-L04-T     CE Credit: 3.75 hours    

Activity Type: Application-based



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