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Connecting the Dots to Preventative Health: All Ages and Stages

1:30-2:45 Afternoon Keynote

Protecting Your Neighborhood - Dispensing of Medical Countermeasures in a Public Health Emergency
Over the past decade we have been planning for the threat of bioterrorism and have been challenged with H1N1, Hepatitis A and C and fungal meningitis. When the next public health crisis hits will we be able to protect and treat our community? In this session you will learn about the types of public health emergencies where the mass dispensing of medical countermeasures (antibiotics and vaccine) is required; where and how this would take place and who will be carrying out the work. No matter what you do, you can be part of the solution and you will find out how!

Following this session, participants will be able to: 

  • List the process by which medical materiel is requested and received.
  • Identify and list 3 community based strategies used to dispense medical countermeasures in response to a public health emergency.
  • Identify and describe the roles and responsibilities within a point of dispensing (POD).
  • Will know to access training relevant to their role(s).
  • Will know how to join a Medical Reserve Corps Unit.

Presented by: Philip J. Alexakos, MPH, REHS, Chief of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness, Manchester Health Department

Phil has over 20 years of practical public health experience at the local level with the last 9 focusing on public health preparedness. His responsibilities include planning for and response to incidents which result in the need to dispense medical countermeasures including immunizations, to affected and/or at risk individuals in designated community clinic commonly referred to as ‘points of dispensing’ or PODs. He is responsible for assuring that these plans are compliant with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bates College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New Hampshire which included training in Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health and Epidemiology all of which are integral in understanding and responding to infectious agents. He has attended trainings and completed coursework in incident management and POD operations. Additionally, Currently, he is the Director of the Greater Manchester Medical Reserve Corps (GMMRC) unit, a volunteer community organization which would be used to support medical and public health roles in a POD. Membership in the GMMRC includes the following allied health professionals: Nurses, Physicians, Veterinarians, Pharmacists and Behavioral Health Professionals.