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Lecture on Disaster Training

Posted: Feb. 13, 2009

Dr. Marilyn Pattillo,  Trish O'Day and Dean Dolores Sands pictured with the International Visitor Leadership delegation of physicians, with escorts from U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Marilyn Pattillo & Trish O'Day & Dean Dolores Sands pictured with the International Visitor Leadership
delegation of physicians, with escorts from U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.

School of Nursing Faculty Members Trish O'Day and Marilyn Pattillo recently delivered a lecture on disaster training to a delegation of doctors who were in the United States as part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The doctors, from Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, and the Phillipines, were in the country looking at issues of managing public health.

The discussion involved issues in disaster preparedness and the use of nurses and nursing students for community response in diasasters. In particular, topics included the cooperation between the city of Austin and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in personnel training, mobilization and assistance during disasters and public health emergencies, including needs for mass immunization and mass sheltering.

The delegation also learned about recent public health/disaster training exercises in which an infectious agent was the scenario. O'Day and Pattillo led the school's volunteer effort in helping evacuees after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. More than 100 volunteers from the school worked in local shelters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike last year.

The lectures were coordinated by the International Hospitality Council of Austin, a member of the National Council of International Visitors. The council works with the U.S. Department of State to deliver educational and cultural programs to visiting international leaders.