Applying principles of disaster psychosocial recovery to the COVID-19 response in healthcare settings and systems

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2020/08/18 21:54

There is a strong evidence base of core components and principles to guide disaster-related psychosocial response and recovery. This webinar will outline these core components and principles, and discuss how they are applied in practice and health care system settings. 

  • Naomi Parker, Project Director, PolicyWise for Children & Families, will share recent evidence and leading practices in disaster-related psychosocial recovery
  • Dr. Douglas Walker, Chief Programs DIrector, Mercy Family Center, will share the application of this evidence in hospital settings, including from his leadership at Mercy Family Centre (New Orleans) post hurricane, the Joplin tornadoes, and now with COVID-19 response.
  • Michelle Craig, Executive Director, Alberta Health Addiction and Mental Health Branch, and 
  • Dr. Diane McNeil, Director, Promotion, Prevention, & Community Initiatives, will share the health system psychosocial response and plan led by Alberta Health.

image014.jpgNaomi Parker, BA (Sociology), MBA, is Project Director with PolicyWise for Children & Families. In this role, Naomi is responsible for developing and implementing the research and evaluation projects undertaken on behalf of PolicyWise. Prior to joining PolicyWise, Naomi worked with Alberta Health Services in the area of Addiction and Mental Health, with experience across the continuum of services provided. With a Bachelor of Sociology and Master of Business Administration, Naomi brings extensive experience in complex project management and engaging and leading diverse stakeholders towards shared outcomes. She also has a proven skill set in the design, implementation, and monitoring of knowledge mobilization practices and principles to support evidence-informed decision-making. Outside of work, Naomi likes to be outside in the mountains, running or hiking with her family.

DW.jpgDouglas Walker, PhD, is the Chief Programs Director at Mercy Family Center in New Orleans. He has practiced as a Clinical Psychologist for the past twenty-three years and is celebrating his 22nd year with Mercy this year. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Walker created Project Fleur-de-lis, New Orleans’s largest school-based mental health program devoted to students struggling emotionally and academically in the years following the storm and destruction. Since then, his expertise in responding to the mental health needs of large-scale natural and man-made disasters has been utilized to create culture-specific, trauma-informed mental health programming across the United States and abroad. His work in Canada includes consulting, training and technical support following the Calgary floods of 2013, and the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016. He worked closely with Policywise for Children and Families to co-author Psychosocial Response and Recovery Evaluation of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Wildfire 2016.

MW.jpgMichelle Craig, MSLP, is the Executive Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Branch with Alberta Health. She holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and has over 30 years of progressive leadership experience gained in the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, school jurisdictions and community not-for profits. Her leadership experience includes local operations management in allied health and social services, regional and provincial leadership in population and public health, and strategic leadership and policy development in addiction and mental health and early childhood development. Michelle believes in the potential of people and leading the Addiction and Mental Health Branch to drive system innovation to transform the addiction and mental health system is an honour and an exciting challenge. 

Diane McNeil. photo.jpgDr. Diane McNeil has worked within Alberta’s health care system in the addiction and mental health field her entire career. She is currently Director of Promotion, Prevention and Community Initiatives in the Provincial Addiction and Mental Health portfolio for Alberta Health Services. Her team has been instrumental in providing disaster psychosocial support, training and capacity building for Albertans for the past 9 years and in recognition of their work during the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster were presented the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award for building resilient communities by the Canadian government.

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