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Web Conference Call Series

Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is conducting a series of free Web-assisted conference calls on bioterrorism and health system preparedness. These 90-minute Web conferences are designed to share the latest health services research findings, promising practices, and other important information with State and local health officials and key health systems decisionmakers.

2005 Series

Mass Casualty Care: Overlooked Community Resources

This program focused on potential resources for providing mass casualty care beyond the emergency department—in nursing homes, former (shuttered or converted) hospitals, and primary care networks and clinics.

It is designed to help a number of stakeholders—policymakers, planners and other decisionmakers at the Federal, State and local levels, program administrators, health system decisionmakers, and health care providers—by providing information about the latest research, tools and models that can help them draw quickly and effectively upon community resources that go beyond existing hospital capacity.

2004 Series

Surge Capacity and Health System Preparedness

Surge capacity is a health care system's ability to rapidly expand beyond normal services to meet the increased demand for qualified personnel, medical care, and public health in the event of bioterrorism or other large-scale public health emergencies or disasters.

The 2004 series includes three topics:

2003 Series

Topics for the first five calls were:

Current as of October 2005


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