Calder Librarians Create New Disaster Health Training Opportunity for MRC Volunteers

In 2010, healthcare responders returning from service after the Haiti earthquake reported that necessary disaster health information was difficult to obtain while deployed.

That’s why Mary Moore, Ph.D., former librarian professor and Chair of the Department of Health Informatics, and Kimberly Loper, librarian assistant professor, with support from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and funding from the National Library of Medicine, created a class for emergency responders on authoritative disaster health information resources that are available from the National Library of Medicine. The Miller School’s Michael J. Kelley, M.B.A., Executive Director of Strategic Operations for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and Carl I. Schulman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of surgery in the Division of Burns and Director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, and Associate Director of the Surgical Residency Program, were consultants on the course.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Reserve Corps, in their continuing collaboration with the University of Miami, provided a sample of healthcare professionals to help conduct beta testing of the course.

The first version of the online course, available on the Calder Memorial Library website, is a great resource for MRC volunteers seeking disaster health training before an event strikes.

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