By Akiko Saito
In early December the HSPR program welcomed a new liaison, Kris Hansen. Ms. Hansen has stepped right in as the Region 1 PHEP Liaison and has already proved to be a great asset to the liaison team.
Kris is not new to the public health preparedness world. She started her career in preparedness in 2001 in Spokane, Wash., as the Public Health Liaison for the Spokane Regional Health District. In Washington, she made important connections between the Spokane Regional Health District and the communities of medical providers, long term care facilities, hospitals and school nurses.
After her tenure in Washington, she travelled east to Moorhead, Minn., to work at the Clay County Public Health Department as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. She wrote and updated emergency preparedness medical countermeasure dispensing plans and served on the Incident Management team in the 2009 Red River response.
Kris's experience, planning expertise, creative problem-solving and local perspective will serve her and her partners well as she ventures into her new role as the Region 1 PHEP liaison. Please join us in welcoming her to HSPR and to Oregon!
Next: HSPR’s new state Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator and Oregon Health Authority/AmeriCorps VISTA Partnership Project Director: Eric Gebbie, Dr.P.H., M.I.A.