by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Department of Public Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control, held a two-day workshop for local and regional public information officers, health communicators and emergency preparedness staff to help them better understand their role in getting the word out about critical outbreaks that may occur on Guam. Public Health program coordinator Bertha Taijeron says this allows the community to be better prepared when dealing with a public health emergency.
"One of the most recent event we had was H1N1 so by our getting out PIOs and PAOs trained we would be better able to communicate with our emergency preparedness planners, be able to disseminate timely and accurate messages and be able to communicate with our regional partners," she said.
Participants also acted out the scenarios as to what they would do if an actual health emergency were to occur.