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On Demand October 20, 2005

Assessing Systemic Impact of Disaster and Terrorism: Method of Injury vs Context

Original Broadcast Date: October 20, 2005 | (1 hour, 30 minutes)


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Program Overview

Disasters and terrorist events impact the public at large, but also those systems that serve the public and are responsible for the health and well-being of their community. These events can have a devastating impact on the behavioral health care systems themselves and those who work within these bureaucracies. This program will examine the effects of disaster and terrorism on helping systems, planning and response strategies to help avoid unnecessary problems.

Behavioral health service capacity is not a static measure, but will vary throughout the response and recovery to any event. The presentation will explain key concepts that will help evaluate capacity and impact levels based upon measures of community context and method of injury. Examples will be used through the presentation to illustrate myriad variables that impact service systems which can come play in the response to and recovery from disasters and how to plan for management of those variables.


Charles G. Cook, LSW
Emergency Behavioral Health Professionals
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

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None for this program.

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Call 334-206-5618 or email ALPHTN.

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