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Extending "Interoperability" to Vulnerable Populations (Podcast)


Approximately 58 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast "Extending "Interoperability" to Vulnerable Populations" features a presentation delivered by David Kingdon, MPH, EMT-P. The presentation includes the definition of interoperability, how interoperability currently is and is not being built into various emergency response systems, and how public health and emergency service strategies can be used to improve interoperability. The presentation also covers some examples of collaboration, and basics of the Incident Command System.

This presentation 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. Explain the concept of incident command system and describe its functional components.
  2. List and describe the members of the local emergency management system and describe one’s role within it.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Define "interoperability" in terms of disaster preparedness and response.
  2. Apply examples of collaboration between service organizations and public health and safety to their own working environment.
  3. Understand relevant public health preparedness strategies (e.g. assets mapping, epidemiologic surveillance, program evaluation).
  4. Understand relevant emergency services strategies (e.g. incident command, decontamination, triage/treatment).

Target Audiences:

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


David Kingdon, MPH, EMT-P
Mr. Kingdon is an experienced consultant in public health and emergency services. He designed and implemented an innovative training program in all-hazards disaster and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) preparedness for EMTs and paramedics on all islands of Hawaii. Nationally, Mr. Kingdon has served on federal task forces addressing issues such as interoperability of emergency communications, treatment of pediatric victims of terrorism, and collaboration between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and public health. David Kingdon is a graduate of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, with concentrations in health behavior, health education, and epidemiology. He received honors in the inaugural Acute Disease Surveillance/Outbreak Investigation course, taught by veterans of the CDC’s Epidemiologic Intelligence Service (EIS). Mr. Kingdon is a University of Hawaii lecturer, a National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) trainer, and a certified instructor of several EMS and healthcare programs. He has been in EMS and public safety field operations for over fifteen years, and he currently works full-time as a Paramedic with Maui County EMS.

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.