Medically Fragile Populations Web Conference
February 25, 2009
Dr. Lloyd Novick, Ruth Little, MPH, and Jim Wilson, PhD, of the PHS Project, presented a web conference from the RENCI at ECU AVO Node room using SmileTiger software. The web conference focused on medically fragile populations in disasters and was conducted in association with the North Carolina Emergency Managers Association (NCEMA).
The presenters discussed defining, identifying, and registering the medically fragile in Eastern North Carolina. Their research has found that the population of the medically fragile (especially those over 65 years of age) has increased in recent years. They estimate 200,000 medically fragile persons live in Eastern North Carolina, and about 30,000 of them live in areas with frequent coastal hazards.
One of the proposed methods of serving this population during a disaster is a medical registry. The presenters discussed and answered questions about how to encourage more medically fragile persons to participate in registration programs.