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Invitation to disaster and flu related info sessions at MNA

You are welcome to participate in the following timely disaster and flu-related events at MNA.
Please RSVP to me at if you plan to attend. Thanks!

Teleseminar: “Managing Ethical and Legal Challenges after Catastrophic Disaster”
Date: Thursday, August 20 2009
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Boardroom, 2nd floor, MA Nurses Association, 340 Turnpike St Canton MA 02021
Speaker: Chad Priest RN MSN JD


  • Identify catastrophic events and appreciate the distinction between preparing for traditional disasters and catastrophic disasters.
  • Describe the events occurring at memorial Hospital in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent criminal and civil legal actions that resulted from allegations involving involuntary euthanasia
  • Articulate the legal and ethical challenges associated with providing acute care during sand after a catastrophic disaster.

The speaker, a nurse attorney, provides legal and operational counseling to health care organizations around disaster response and management issues. This will be a teleconference.

Emergency Preparedness Task Force Meeting/Presentation: “Seasonal and H1N1 (“Swine flu”) Update” and “Behavioral Health Issues During a Pandemic”
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Time: 5:30 pm –8:00 pm
Place: Classroom, 2nd floor, MA Nurses Association, 340 Turnpike St, Canton MA 02021
Speakers: Donna Lazorik, RN Adult Immunization Coordinator, MDPH Immunization Program (MA Dept of Public Health) and
Ashley Pearson, MPA, Emergency Management Director, MDMH (MA Dept of Mental Health)

This meeting of the EP Task will focus on flu preparations, both seasonal and H1N1 (“swine” flu) for the coming flu season and on behavioral health issues related to pandemics.

Seasonal flu vaccine administration will begin much earlier this year, followed by what will likely be a two step (two separate doses) H1N1 vaccine adminstration program. The MA Public Health Council has expanded criteria for whom may be designated to provide flu vaccine. Learn about these changes and bring question or mail them in advance to Mary Crotty RN JD, at