The 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training took place May 21-25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Hailing from all over the nation, more than 2,000 stakeholders from the National Disaster Medical System, Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, and the United States Public Health Service attended the summit. Thirteen members from this year's Oregon Health Authority & AmeriCorps*VISTA Partnership were also among the event's attendees.
The five-day forum facilitated the coordination, collaboration, and interaction amongst its target audience -- the leaders and members of the nation's preeminent preparedness and response partner organizations. With more than 100 unique emergency preparedness workshops and presentations offered, the summit enhanced the knowledge, skills, and abilities its participants, which, in turn, will improve their capability to deliver public health and medical care services during disasters of any origin in the future.
A number of the attendees were also honored with awards, including Oregon's very own state MRC coordinator, Akiko Berkman. Her outstanding devotion to duty in the service of others earned her the Elizabeth Fitch Memorial Leadership Award. Congratulations, Akiko!
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