Plymouth Region’s Health Disaster Plans to be Discussed

December 8th, 2006 by Adam

The threat of a bird flu outbreak and other pandemic health disasters are a real possibility in today’s world. Is the Plymouth region prepared for such an emergency?

As part of its monthly series in Rural Health and Wellness, PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships is hosting two guest speakers, including Ann Graves of Speare Memorial Hospital, who will speak about local pandemic emergency health care procedures, and Tammy Hill, PSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, who will address the University’s role in a pandemic. This talk will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the HUB Student Senate Room, Room 109.

Graves is the director of quality management and infection control at Speare Memorial Hospital and the coordinator of the Greater Plymouth Regional All-Hazards Team.

This talk is free and open to the public.

Future presentations by the Center for Rural Partnerships’ Rural Health and Wellness Working Group include Martha McCleod, who will talk about her work at the North Country Health Coalition on February 14, Dr. Tim Lahey of the Dartmouth Medical School, who will speak March 14 about the increased mortality of rural patients with HIV, and UNH Nutrition Professor Joanne Burke will speak about Community Food Systems on April 11.

The Rural Health and Wellness Working Group meets the second Wednesday of each month in the HUB. The group is open to University faculty, staff, students, and off-campus partners. For more information about the group visit:

For more information, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., 535-2775,

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.

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