North Central Florida Healthcare Coalition Summer Events

The North Central Florida Healthcare Coalition (NCFHCC) coordinates preparedness and resilience through all sectors of the healthcare system. The primary goal of NCFHCC is to better prepare communities in the event of catastrophic events (i.e. natural disasters, man-made disasters, emergencies, etc.)

The general membership of NCFHCC includes public, private and governmental agencies involved in the overall healthcare system within the 11-county region. Disciplines include health providers, medical first responders, public health officials and emergency management officers, just to name a few.

Interested in joining? Contact Chris Christine Abarca at 352-727-3767 or cabarca@wellflorida.org.

Join us for NCFHCC’s upcoming meetings.

NCFHCC Board and General Member Annual Meeting
When: Monday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 NE 11th Avenue, Trenton, FL
Purpose: Conduct NCFHCC regular business meeting, hold annual elections, provide information on upcoming events and share updates from members
Intended Audience: NCFHCC members

NCFHCC Annual Training Summit, Sessions 1 and 2
People affected by disasters and emergency situations may experience varying levels of stress and anxiety. They may also display symptoms that could adversely affect their ability to respond and function. A range of mental health and behavioral problems may surface in the stages of an emergency situation. Recognizing and addressing these concerns improves emergency response and can assist in healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency or personal crisis. Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings build skills that can be applied in emergency response.

Annual Training Summit Session 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid
When: Tuesday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: WellFlorida Council, 1785 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville
Purpose: The training is designed to teach participants how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
Instructors: Certified instructors from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare will provide instruction.
Intended Audience: NCFHCC members, staff from community partner organizations
Event is free, seating limited to 25
Pre-registration is required

Annual Training Summit Session 2: Adult Mental Health First Aid
When: Thursday, May 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: WellFlorida Council, 1785 80th Blvd., Gainesville
Purpose: The training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, building understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis and addictions.
Instructors: Certified instructors from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare will provide instruction.
Intended Audience: NCFHCC members, staff from community partner organizations
Event is free, seating limited to 25
Pre-registration is required

Hurricane Alpha Tabletop Exercise
When: Monday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, 1750 NW 80th Blvd, Gainesville
Purpose: Tabletop exercise will focus on enhancing capabilities for preparedness, response and recovery.
Instructors: Tabletop facilitation provided by The Blue Cell, LLC
Intended Audience: NCFHCC members, hospitals, nursing homes, ALF/SNF facilities
Event is free, seating is limited to 50
Pre-registration is required

Active Shooter/Hostile Event Awareness Training
When: Thursday, June 21, time TBD
Where: Santa Fe College Institute of Public Safety, 3737 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville
Purpose: To provide awareness level training to the healthcare community on issues relating to active assailants. The training goal is to enhance personal awareness through skills-based instruction and activities
Instructors: Instruction provided by ActiveShooter360, LLC; hosted by NCFHCC and Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Intended Audience: NCFHCC members, community partners
Event is free, seating is limited to 30
Pre-registration is required

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