Emergency Preparedness for Community Health Centers

Program Date

April 19, 2018   8:00 am – 3:00 pm     Download PDF Brochure

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Program Location

Acute Care Education
7200 NE 41st Street, Suite 206
Vancouver, WA 98662

Program Description

Emergency preparedness can be a disaster – but it doesn’t have to be! While there is an impressive amount of resources for hospitals to engage in preparedness, there is relatively little available for community health centers. This course will provide clinics and medical offices with evidence-based methods of preparing for the worst. Through case studies and exercises, learners will apply the principles of emergency preparedness. By using the tools presented in this course, any facility can be prepared to manage any incident at home, work, or anywhere in between.

Who Should Attend?  Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Other Health Science Professionals working in community health centers and rural primary care settings who need disaster preparedness planning.

Desired Learning Outcome:   Learners will be able develop their own emergency preparedness plan.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of the community health center in a disaster.
  • Identify hazards common to the geographic area.
  • Employ principles of the Incident Command System.
  • Apply the steps of the Emergency Planning Cycle to the worksite.
  • Practice an emergency preparedness plan.
  • Recognize the psychological needs related to disaster trauma.
  • Prepare emergency kits according to the “Two Weeks Ready” principle.

Program Agenda

7:30 am – 8 :00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am Introduction to Emergency Preparedness
9:30 am – 10:00 am Potential Roles for Community Health Centers
10:00 am – 10:30 am Introduction to the Incident Command System
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm The Emergency Planning Cycle
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (On your own)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm After the Incident: Taking Care of Your Team
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Bonus: Let’s Get Two Weeks Ready
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Q & A, online evaluation


Geriann Bartz, RN, CEN, OR-SANE-A

Geriann Bartz is a board-certified emergency nurse and a certified forensic nurse examiner with twelve years of experience in trauma and emergency care. She is an accomplished author, speaker and educator. Geriann is an instructor for the Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum and serves as a consultant on injury prevention to several agencies in the Pacific Northwest. Using motivational and impassioned methods to inspire others in making positive changes to their driving habits, Geriann serves as the Program Coordinator for Adult Injury Prevention through Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, the injury prevention program located at Legacy Emanuel.



This educational activity will provide 4.5 contact hours (including 0.0 pharmacology hours) to learners who complete the Criteria of Successful Completion.

Acute Care Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Nursing Education Approver (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Registration includes: Attendance at program, downloadable program handouts, all day coffee, tea, water, continental breakfast and snacks. Wi-fi is available in the conference center.

Criteria for Successful Completion

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