UTC School Of Nursing Offers Seminar Series On Current Health Threats

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Current Health Threats:  Addressing the Dangers Facing our Families and Communities will be offered by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing on April 30, May 7, and May 14, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.   Conference locations on April 30 and May 7 will be the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center; on May 14, the location will be the UTC University Center Auditorium.


Speaker John Hitchens, BS, MS., Director of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, will discuss “Establishing Emergency Shelters” on April 30.  Dr. Patrick O’Neal, Director of Health Protection in the Georgia Department of Public Health, will present “The Role of Healthcare Providers in Emergency Shelters.”  Dr. Sam Bernard, President of Bernard & Associates, will present “Issues Related to Providing Care in Shelters” and Captain Jim Nelms, CEO and President of the Georgia Critical Incident Stress Foundation will discuss “Caring for Disaster Caregivers.”


Jerry Redman, Managing Senior Partner of Second Life of Chattanooga, will present Human Trafficking in the Southeast US” on May 7.  “Root Causes of Youth/Gang Violence” will be the topic of Dr. Ken Chilton, CEO and President of the Ochs Center.  Boyd Patterson and Fred Houser of The Future is Ours (formerly the Chattanooga Gang Task Force) will present “Best Practices for Addressing Gang Violence.”  Dr. Miriam Zwitter, primary faculty for Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing at UTC will cover “Recognizing Danger Signs When Working with People with Mental Health Problems.”  Dr. David Kitts, Program Manager for the Knoxville Police Department’s Family Crimes Unit will address “Workplace Violence.”


Kitts will kick off the day on May 14 with “Overview of Domestic/Family Violence.”   Michael Dunning, Director of Healthcare Support Operations for Allied Barton Security Systems will discuss “Recognizing Danger in Public Places:  Active Shooters and Self Protection.”  Bill Tobin, Senior Outreach Services Specialist and Project Coordinator for the Abuse in Later Life Program will present “Abuse of the Older Adult.”  Jennifer Goodrich, President of Benchmark Leadership Training, will cover “Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Community Problems.”


To register, write a check to cover the cost of the conference:  $25 for one day; $50 for two days; $60 for three days.  Please indicate which days you will attend.  Make checks payable to UTC, and send to Dr. Cherry Guinn, UTC School of Nursing, Dept. 1051, 518 Oak Street, Room 347, Chattanooga, TN, 37403. 


Each day of the conference will provide approximately six contact hours for 0.6 CEUs per day.


Call Dr. Cherry Guinn at 425-4659 for more information.  On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. each day of the conference, and will be subject to availability. 


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