Partnership with SLU Earns City National Recognition
The City of St. Louis received a national award for emergency responsiveness because
of its partnership with Saint Louis University, St. Louis’ emergency response planner,
Through the partnership, more than 200 nursing students are trained in emergency preparedness
at any point during the academic year. In the event of a catastrophic event, these
students can assist with public health needs, such as dispensing medication to the
community in case of a bioterror attack.
“The entire region, even the country, benefits from this program because as Saint
Louis University nursing students graduate, they take with them important emergency
response training which they can use in their medical practice,” says Patricia Curtis,
emergency response planner for the City of St. Louis Department of Health.
Deborah Artman, the School of Nursing instructor who coordinates the initiative at
SLU, says students gain valuable skills as the community benefits.
“The partnership aims at increasing community resiliency by educating a rotating workforce
to respond and prepare for a public health emergency, and assists in increasing awareness
of preparedness efforts, generating an interest in civic engagement,” Artman says.
The award was presented by the National Association of County and City Health Officials
and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.