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Counting Upon the Kindness & Expertise of Others: Serving Vulnerable Individuals & Families in Times of Disaster (Podcast)


Approximately 42 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast "Counting Upon the Kindness & Expertise of Others: Serving Vulnerable Individuals & Families in Times of Disaster" features a keynote address delivered by Dr. Jeanette Takamura. The presentation describes three at-risk population segments: older Americans, persons with disabling conditions, and persons with limited English proficiency. In addition, the presentation identifies components of systems-based interventions, and provides resources for those who work with these populations.

This keynote address was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. Describe public health interventions that are a part of a response to surveillance signals.
  3. List the governmental resources and outline the regulatory issues associated with emergency management and response.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe three at-risk population segments in the U.S.
  2. Identify components of systems-based interventions for at-risk populations during a disaster.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Jeanette Takamura, MSW, PHD
Dean 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.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.