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Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

COCA and MRC Outreach Call Series

COCA has partnered with NCEH/ATSDR Office for Environmental Health Emergencies and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on a conference call series related to Disaster Risk Reduction. The call series will provide MRC volunteers and clinicians with an accurate understanding of the public health and medical consequences of natural and man-made disasters (including terrorism); and the principles taught in the Disaster Risk Reduction curriculum will assist them in making decisions that support community public health resiliency. Learn more about MRC

Date:Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Mark Keim, MD
Senior Science Advisor
Office for Environmental Health Emergencies
National Center for Environmental Health
Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention


The overall approach to emergencies and disasters has recently shifted from post-impact activities to a more systematic and comprehensive process of risk management. Disaster risk management underlying goal is to reduce risk to both human life and systems important to livelihood, and includes both pre-impact disaster risk reduction and post-impact humanitarian and development action. During this call, a CDC subject matter expert will discuss the importance of disaster risk reduction for reducing adverse health effects of disasters and how application of the basic tenets of preventive medicine and public health can result in a more humane and cost-effective approach to emergency management.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • State the basic principles of disaster risk reduction and management
  • Identify community hazards and vulnerability that contribute to disaster risk
  • Describe effective risk reduction principles for disaster planning
  • Describe the process for writing a community plan for disaster risk reduction

Call Materials

Call Format

  • Live webcast and audio conference call on 8/21/12: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 8/22/12
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.