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​Celebration of Training in Disaster Prep


Posted July 26, 2018

During the week of July 10, 2018, EPECARE launched its pilot Train-the-Trainer program at Partners Healthcare in Boston, Massachusetts. The three-day training was targeted at improving emergency and disaster preparedness for the seven participants who took part in the program. Participants were mainly students and professionals from the surrounding area with most having experience in the health sector and most expressing interest in deploying to Haiti at the end of August.   

The Train-the-Trainer program was conceived by Harold Roy, the founder and president of EPECARE. He saw a need for disaster and emergency preparedness training within the country of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that rocked many, including his family members. Harold has brought this non-profit 501(c)(3) to Boston, Massachusetts where he lives with his wife and daughter.

The program was led by subject matter experts from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Disaster Medicine whose goal is to improve health systems, emergency preparedness, and response within the United States and globally. Local fire departments and security teams from Partners Healthcare acted as trainers to the program’s participants. The pilot trainees received oral and skills-based education in splinting, first aid, back boarding, neglected tropical diseases, and humanitarian response protocol. Most of these new trainers will accompany EPECARE on deployment to Haiti, where they will meet our in-country support and partners.