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2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference
Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations
Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
January 16, 2008

The 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, taking place January 16, 2008 at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel, is a skills-building conference designed to assist a wide range of health professionals, first responders, and emergency managers in better preparing for the needs of vulnerable populations during a disaster. The conference consists of four concurrent tracks culminating in a tabletop exercise that incorporates the lessons learned from each of the tracks.

Complimentary valet parking is provided and disability access needs and services are available upon request at the time of registration. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch is included in the price of registration.
Keynote Speaker
Dean, School of Social Work, Columbia University
New York, New York

Jeanette TakamuraDean Takamura is the first female Dean at the nation's first School of Social Work. She was Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1996 to 2001. Prior to this, she served in senior positions in the state government of Hawaii and held faculty and administrative appointments in higher education. She has received numerous awards, among them the Lucy Stone Award from the White House for her advocacy and the enactment of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides a range of supportive services to millions of family caregivers. She has been a member of national and international boards and working groups.

Dean Jeanette Takamura has been named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation, the premier professional association for social workers.
Luncheon Speaker
Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

PIERRE BUEKENSDean Buekens is an outstanding scholar, educator, and academic administrator with an impressive record of institution-building. Trained as both an obstetrician-gynecologist and an epidemiologist, he is an internationally renowned advocate for perinatal health. In January 2003, Dr. Buekens became dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) and was recently appointed as the William Hamilton Watkins Professor of Epidemiology.  He is also the Chair of the Global Health Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). He has served as president of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, vice president of the Association of French-Speaking Epidemiologists and as a consultant to many governments and leading health organizations around the globe, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Belgian Ministry of Education, and the United Nations.

In this track, local and national experts will address some of the numerous issues that arise when caring for vulnerable populations during an emergency.  Vulnerable populations include a broad range of individuals who cannot comfortably or safely access and use the standard resources offered in disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery efforts.  Janice C. Engelsman, R.N., and Karen V. Lamb, D.N.P., APRN, BC, of Mather LifeWays, will be presenting on issues older adults face during disasters.  Pediatric emergency care will be addressed by Loren Yamamoto, M.D., Vice Chief of Staff at the Kapiolani Medical Center here in Hawaii.  Those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will be discussed by Sharyne Shiu-Thornton, Ph.D., the Executive Director for the International District Housing Alliance in Washington.


This track offers practical solutions for effectively managing vulnerable populations during an emergency.  Paul Heiderscheidt, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be presenting on the Automated Disaster and Emergency Planning Tool (ADEPT).  Nadhipuram Bhagavan, Ph.D., with the University of Hawaii, will explain the methodology behind Point-of-Care Testing, and its rationale and uses for vulnerable populations.  Kate Gaynor, M.D., of the Hawaii Department of Health, will be speaking about the Medical Reserve Corps and its role during disasters.  Finally, Kristine Qureshi, R.N., C.E.N., D.N.Sc., also of the University of Hawaii at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, will be talking about triaging vulnerable populations.


Mental health and cultural competence are salient issues when dealing with any population, and are essential when dealing with vulnerable populations.  This track offers several approaches for building cultural competence in emergencies, presented by noted experts from various fields, including Ken Lee, M.S.W., of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Sharyne Shiu-Thornton, Ph.D.  Jack Hermann, M.S.Ed., a Senior Adviser for Public Health Preparedness with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C., will discuss Psychological First Aid for vulnerable populations.


This track, taught by Pacific EMPRINTS’ own GIS specialists, Philip Page, MA and John Vogler, MA, will consist of a mix of lectures and hands-on training that introduces participants to the use of mapping and geographic information system (GIS) tools to identify and protect vulnerable populations during an emergency event.   Participants will use ArcGIS software and local data to prepare map products that will be used as part of the tabletop exercises held at the end of the day.  This track is ideal for people interested in being introduced to the mapping and analysis capabilities of GIS.  No previous GIS experience is required, but participants should be comfortable working with Microsoft Windows.  Interested participants should note that the GIS track will accommodate only a limited number of participants and extend the entire time (except during lunch) between the keynote address in the morning and the tabletop exercises at the end of the day.  Attendees who wish to participate in the GIS track must indicate their preference when registering for the conference.  There will be an additional fee of $25.00 for those who participate in this track.
Pacific EMPRINTS Conference 2008