On average, Texas has at least one major disaster and several smaller disasters each year. Disasters such as storms, floods, fires, or disease outbreaks can strike any part of the state, with or without warning. Hurricane Harvey and other disasters have provided valuable lessons about steps that should be taken before, during, and after a disaster. This podcast offers practical guidance about how Texas physicians can help their patients and themselves “prepare to survive” and “prepare to recover” in case of a disaster.
Texas Health Steps
Disaster Preparedness in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know
Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services
Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Integrate practices to identify, treat, and reduce the effects of trauma and toxic stress among children and adolescents. Includes ethical guidelines for reporting suspected abuse or neglect and for providing culturally effective health-care services.
CREDIT HOURS: 1.50 CEVIEW
Promote effective communication and improve health outcomes for culturally diverse patients and their families. Includes guidelines for obtaining informed consent and using interpretation services in the medical home.
CREDIT HOURS: 1.25 CEVIEW
Texas Health Steps’ award-winning online program offers FREE CE courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines for a range of preventive health, oral health, mental health, and case management topics.