University of Nebraska Medical Center

♪ [MUSIC] ♪ ALI S. KAHN: At the
College of Public Health at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center, we recognize that
a disease anywhere is a disease everywhere. And we need to
educate our students, and develop novel solutions
to help the planet respond to a diverse set of public
health threats, whether those threats
are deliberate in nature, whether they are
natural disasters, whether they are pandemics, or whether they’re routine
occurring infectious diseases. Such as from SARS or from Ebola. SHARON MEDCALF: The Center for
Bio Security, Bio Preparedness, and Emerging Infectious
Diseases is something that I usually describe
to people as a umbrella within the College
of Public Health. It’s an actual center that was
approved by the Board of Regions of Nebraska University back
when College of Public Health was first formed. And under this umbrella,
I usually try to describe it as containing three
different pieces. One of those components is the Center for
Preparedness Education. The second component is
the academic programs that we’ve offered for
the last five years or so. And then the third
component would be Dr. Phil Smith’s affiliation with the Nebraska
Bio Containment Unit. The Center for Preparedness
Education came out of funding to prepare for bioterrorism, and it sort of
morphed into a center for all hazards preparedness. The center was a joint
effort between Creighton and the University of Nebraska. Back when it was formed the
chief medical officer for the State decided
that both Creighton and the University of
Nebraska should come together and use all their resources
to help the State prepare. ELAYNE SAEJUNG: The Center for
Preparedness Education’s mission is really to enhance
community resilience through affordable
preparedness education. Traditionally in the past target
audiences have been toward first responders, which are
police, fire, and EMS. The new progressive
approach is whole community and that’s recognizing the role
that local communities have in preparedness and preparedness
education and response. And those are health care
if any community members, anyone who would be
affected in a disaster we would target
for our programs. What’s unique about our training
and our training center is that we have a collaborative
approach with our training and exercises and consultation,
where we can provide customize training to our constituents. KIM SCHULTZ: The Northeast
Nebraska Public Health Department has responded
to 5 disasters since 2013. In October of 2013, we
responded to the Wayne tornado. In 2014, we responded to 2
tornados in our health district. And in 2014 we also had a large
infectious disease outbreak. And then in 2015, one of our counties had
an outbreak of avian flu. There are four components
of emergency events. One of those
components is planning. Another component is
a response, recovery, and then mitigation
and improvement plans. The Center for Preparedness
has been a great partner in helping us during the
planning phase, and then also during
the mitigation and improvement plan phase where we are working with them
to develop our improvement plan after these emergencies
so that we can again move into the next
disaster more prepared. ELAYNE SAEJUNG: The Ebola
assessment hospital training was really a collaborative
approach during the fall of 2014 when the Ebola was at the
height of response within the United States. And we worked with Nebraska
medicine to help them train responders in hospitals
across the nation. PHILLIP W. SMITH: Nebraska
Biocontainment Unit was conceived as an idea in 2004
in response to the 2003 SARS outbreak and so we wanted a
place where we could take care of highly contagious individuals
with dangerous diseases and still protect our staff. We have shifted our focus
to education and that fits very well with the Center
for Preparedness Education’s mission as well. They have helped us put on
the courses with the many participants we’ve had in
over the last 6 months. They’re experts at innovative
educational techniques so they are good at
distance learning. And other things we have
been able to employ. They have helped us train our
staff for Biocontainment Unit. KEITH HANSON: I think the future
of the relationship between the Association of Healthcare
Emergency Preparedness Professionals and the Center for
Preparedness Education is that we continue to collaborate
on training and best practices. One of the goals of AHEP
is to make sure that people in the field have the best
available information, have the best available training
and that’s right in line with the goals of Center
for Preparedness Education. So we will continue
to work closely. I think we will strengthen
our relationship. I think we will continue
to advance this field. ♪ [MUSIC] ♪ ELAYNE SAEJUNG: Center for
Preparedness Education really like to grow its training and
education and collaboration, consultation through
additional training outside of the State of Nebraska. We’ve proven here in the State
of Nebraska to be experts with highly infectious
disease response and we have the expertise here not only within the United
States but also globally. Global health has been huge and
we’ve seen how that’s impacted the United States. And now we have lots of
different avenues of expertise, from hospital preparedness,
to disaster life support. And multiple employees that make
the center broadly accessible to people across Nebraska
and even outside Nebraska. ♪ [MUSIC] ♪

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  1. Great news for UNMC! But I heard the guy they got in February to head the new PM&R program at UNMC to provide doctors at Madonna Rehab in Omaha, Dr. Samuel Bierner, was run out of the state of Texas by the press and medical board for a major Medicare fraud. (See and about the story in detail.)

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