News for July 2008

UCCS Trauma Center to co-sponsor Exercise to Prepare for Pandemic Influenza
July 1, 2008

Please consider attending the 2008 Continental Divide Disaster Behavioral Health Conference, to be held July 8-10 in Colorado Springs. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Colorado Department of Human Service’s Mental Health Division, the Office of the Command Surgeon at U. S. Northern Command, and the CU Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

This year, organizers are focusing the conference on Preparing for Pandemic Influenza. The conference partners are working together to bridge the national divide that exists between scientists and practitioners at all levels of response who must share ideas, knowledge and understanding in order to respond effectively to a large-scale disaster like a pandemic outbreak. Many sessions will be co-presented by military and civilian behavioral health experts because there is much to be learned by sharing practice and science between those two domains. In addition, based on feedback from participants at the 2007 conference, planners have added a skill building day on July 7th to focus on specific skills needed by new and seasoned disaster responders alike.

Space is limited this year, so we recommend that you visit the conference website and register immediately at www.uccs.edu/codivide to hold your spot. If you are not interested in this offering, please pass this information along to a colleague who may be interested.

For other questions regarding the conference please contact the CU Trauma Center at cutrauma@uccs.edu or 1-800-990-8227 (ext. 3843).

We look forward to seeing you in July in beautiful Colorado Springs!