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Making Mutual Aid Happen: A Leadership & Advocacy Training Kerry Dunnell, MSW Local Government Liaison Mary E. Clark, JD, MPH, Regional Preparedness Manager.

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1 Making Mutual Aid Happen: A Leadership & Advocacy Training Kerry Dunnell, MSW Local Government Liaison Mary E. Clark, JD, MPH, Regional Preparedness Manager Cambridge Public Health Department Advanced Practice Center for Emergency Preparedness

2 Agenda for the Day oIntroductions oWhat is the public health mutual aid agreement? oWhy leadership and advocacy training? oThe Training oTools

3 Who is the CPHD APC? oHost agency for Massachusetts public health Region 4b (27 communities surrounding Boston) oPublic health emergency planning for City of Cambridge, MA oEmergency planning & training for the Cambridge Health Alliance

4 Public Health Mutual Aid WHY? oLimited local staffing & resources oHepatitis A in food handler oCDC Deliverable

5 Public Health Mutual Aid Working Group oAPC staff oAttorneys with municipal and health board expertise oMDPH Attorney oMDPH Center for Emergency Preparedness staff

6 Leadership & Advocacy WHY? oNeed for tools to accomplish implementation of mutual aid agreement oNeed for training that acknowledges challenges of work system

7 Leadership & Advocacy Working Group oTraining developed with Local Public Health Institute oPiloted with local staff in R4b oPeer reviewed by MDPH health educators and APC trade show group oFurther review by MDPH rural health educators

8 The Training

9 Leadership & Advocacy Let no man imagine he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power. -Henry George

10 Workshop Goals oTo empower one another and reinforce leadership and advocacy skills oTo draw on personal and professional experiences to address the obstacles you face in your work

11 Workshop objectives Collectively, we will be able to describe: The definition and characteristics of effective leadership The steps to effective advocacy The key aspects of the Mutual Aid Agreement A process to obtain approval of the agreement

12 What is leadership? Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential. Warren Bennis, Chairman of the Leadership Institute, Marshall Business School, University of Southern California

13 Qualities of effective leaders oCreativity in action oVision with the courage and fortitude to put the vision into reality oFlexibility with a commitment to change things for the better oAbility to back off when someone else is the better lead

14 Qualities of effective leaders oAbility to work within the context of the organization without letting the organization defeat us oCommitment to the community and the values for which it stands Dr. Louis Rowitz, Director of the Mid America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute

15 Discussion oIs your definition of leadership in local public health similar to or different from the previous definition? oHow would you describe the qualities of an effective leader?

16 Case example: Changing the smoking ordinance oWhat obstacles did the Health Director face? oWhat options are available to her now? oWhat might she do differently if she had the opportunity to do it all over again? oWould options be different under a different government structure?

17 What is advocacy? The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support. The American Heritage Dictionary

18 Discussion oHow is the definition of public health advocacy similar to or different from the previous definitions? oHow would you describe the steps to successful advocacy?

19 Steps to successful advocacy oBe able to clearly articulate the outcome you want oKnow your stakeholders – allies and opponents oCraft an effective message oPractice and improve your ASK oFollow up

20 Advocacy Tools o Coalitions oFundraising oData oMessages oPresentations oEvaluation

21 Small group activity oAs a group, choose one current issue that requires leadership and advocacy oWork together to identify the stakeholders and describe the obstacles oBrainstorm actions to address the obstacles oBe prepared to report back to the whole group

22 Leadership & Advocacy Challenge Public Health Mutual Aid

23 Public Health Mutual Aid Questions oWhat is public health mutual aid intended for? oWho is in charge? oIs giving aid required? oHow does it work? oHow do we make this happen?

24 Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement An intermunicipal agreement that allows communities to support each other, IF their resources are stretched beyond normal capacity. The agreement addresses the scope of work, issues of employment and liability, and provides guidelines for requesting and providing mutual aid.

25 Public Health Mutual Aid Definition oAid to another public health agency oPersonnel, equipment, facilities, services, supplies, or other resources oIncludes inspections, vaccination clinics, emergency dispensing sites, administrative assistance, etc….

26 Public Health Mutual Aid Scope & Limitations oScope - mutual aid for incidents not just emergencies oLimitations - communities are not required to provide aid

27 Public Health Mutual Aid Employment & Liability oEmployment- Employees sent for mutual aid remain employees of their community oEmployees report to the Incident Commander in the receiving community oLiability- Liability for employees retained by home community

28 Public Health Mutual Aid Key Concepts oPublic Health = first responders oResponse is local oMutual Aid = one agreement oMutual Aid allows us to expand our resources without expanding our budget Canton, MA Board of Health

29 How do we make this happen? oDo you know the process for adoption of such an agreement within your community? oWho in your community do you need to involve for this project to be successful? oWhat concerns/questions do you anticipate? oWhat potential obstacles can you identify? oHow will you address these barriers?

30 Training Materials oPresentation and trainer notes oHandouts oPublic Health Mutual Aid kit oEvaluation forms

31 Questions? Comments? Kerry C. Dunnell Local Government Liaison Mary E. Clark Regional Preparedness Manager

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