Three Garfield County health care providers complete pandemic flu preparedness training
July 6, 2007
RIFLE – Three health care providers from Garfield County have completed initial training on providing effective response to a flu pandemic.The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFPF) is educating family physicians in Colorado on effective responses to a flu pandemic with a grant from the Colorado Medical Society. The project is part of the Colorado Community Physician Influenza Pandemic Response Plan initiative.Completing the initial training were Jeremiah Eckhaus, MD, director of integrative medicine, and nurse Jeanne Hudson, LPN, of Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, and Yvonne Long, nurse manager for the Garfield County Health Department. During the initial phase of the project, family physicians and members of their staff are trained in pandemic flu preparedness. They, in turn, will then train two or three other family physicians as part of a “train-the-trainer” process.The goal of the training project is to ensure that family physicians and their families, staff and patients understand what will happen in the event of an influenza pandemic, and to ensure that there is a cohesive and integrated health care response to a surge in patient admissions during such an event.The program is being coordinated by CAFPF’s Office of Health Initiatives.