Monday, March 5, 2018

Disaster Health Information- how can librarians play a role?

Did you know that the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) has a Disaster Health Information Coordinators Working Group?  The purpose of this Working Group is to provide assistance to librarians in preparing for, and responding to, disasters or localized emergencies.

As the Disaster Information Coordinator for Wisconsin I am a member of this Working Group. 

The GMR Preparedness and Response website provides an online collection of resources and tools relevant to disaster and emergency planning.  On the page you will be able to access the Charter of the Working Group, listings of state and federal emergency management agencies, and other links to disaster specific information.

This past summer I completed the Disaster Information Specialization Program offered by the Medical Library Association.  I encourage all WHSLA members to take this training to be better prepared in assisting your organization and community should disaster strike.  Upon completion, participants receive a certificate of acknowledgment.  MLA contact hours earned through the specialization may also be used for MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Robert Koehler
Meriter-UnityPoint Health
Medical Library
202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715
(608)417-6234  FAX (608)417-6007

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