Ind. Conference to Help EMS, Communities Prepare for School Shooting
Michigan City, Ind.—"Lessons Learned: Community Preparedness in an Era of School Shootings" is an interactive conference on July 26, 2018, from 9am-4pm, at Blue Chip Casino, in Michigan City, IN. The interactive conference will feature guest speakers Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana, Lisa Hamp, survivor of Virginia Tech shooting, Alissa Parker, Co-Founder of Safe and Sound schools and mother of victim of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and Harris and Mandi Jaffe, survivors of Stoneman High School shooting. The cost of the conference includes a conference ticket, lunch and six hours of continuing education units for Social Workers and EMS. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated, to Safe and Sound Schools, a non-profit group, which provides free programs and resources to help improve school safety.
This interactive conference offers a unique platform for inter-professionals, community members, students and parents to have a thought-provoking conversation on school shootings and how communities can better prepare, in the event of a school shooting. The conference will provide a safe environment to discuss different perspectives of each represented group. The conference will focus on raising awareness and how to better understand what it takes to prepare a community.
“This interactive conference is going to go beyond, how to prepare for a school shooting, it is going to provide thought-provoking questions and encourage an open dialogue with social workers, EMS, teachers, parents and students. We want to facilitate dialogue on how we as a community can better prepare for such an unfortunate event,” said Ron Donahue, owner of inHealth Ambulance.
“We want to offer a platform free of judgement and political views, to drill down on how we can actually deal with the tragedy, if it should occur. We want the social workers, EMS, and teachers to think about the event through someone else’s prospective, not just how they would respond with the professional training they’ve received,” he said.
The event was organized by inHealth Ambulance, Northwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (NWI AHEC), and Indiana University School of Social Work at Northwest. These local organizations partner, to provide training and educational resources, to healthcare and behavioral health workers. The goal of these partner organizations is to respond to the needs of local communities and the issues that directly impact them. Conferences such as this offer training and educational resources to help healthcare and behavioral health workers, enabling them to better serve their communities.
“Part of our mission is to improve health care quality through community and academic educational partnerships, said Sandy Behrens, Center Director of NWI AHEC, at Purdue University Northwest. “This conference is going to provide an opportunity for the attendees to interact and problem solve, like they would in the real world. The discussions we hope to have, will take them outside their box and encourage them to take other perspectives into consideration,” said Behrens.
The conference is open to the public. The cost before July 20, 2018, is $75 for adults and $30 for high school and college students. After July 21, 2018, the cost is $100 for adults and $45 for high school and college students. Cost of registration includes a conference ticket, lunch and continuing education units for social workers and EMS. Employer groups are encouraged to attend. Register online at www.Indianahealth.care or contact Ron Donahue at 219.545.1796 or Ron@indianahealth.care.