/////UAMS Leads 3-state Bioterrorism Consortium
UAMS Leads 3-state Bioterrorism Consortium 2018-01-05T09:15:52+00:00

OCT. 24, 2005 | As witnessed by the World Trade Center attack and Hurricane Katrina, the United States is not immune to disaster. Nor, some might say, is it ready.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is leading a consortium of institutions in developing strategies for addressing medical needs that could arise in the event of a manmade or natural disaster.


Consortium members from UAMS, the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response and the Utah Department of Health met at UAMS Oct. 13 for an information-sharing session. A representative of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center participated by conference call.


The goal of the Bioterrorism Interstate Consulting Group is to develop a prototype for delivering medical and public health resources in the event of a disaster. Representatives from each group discussed their current action plans, as well as specific needs for the future, including everything from facilities and supplies to personnel and equipment.


“We are working together to establish centers designed to deliver clinical services should a disaster strike,” said Aubrey J. Hough Jr., M.D., chairman of the UAMS Bioterrorism Steering Committee. “The combined strength of these institutions is making it possible for us to share resources and ideas that will strengthen our efforts throughout the country.”


Hough is also a distinguished professor of pathology and associate dean of translational research and special projects at UAMS. He served as chairman of the UAMS Department of Pathology for more than 21 years and served two terms as UAMS Medical Center chief of staff.


Among the issues addressed by the group were the need for the coordination of health care, public health, emergency response and federal agency support to minimize causalities and economic damage, in addition to the standardizing procedures among agencies. </O:P>


Among the consortium’s goals is to obtain disaster preparedness funding for pilot programs in Arkansas, Utah and Connecticut.


“This meeting was a culmination of our planning process,” Hough said. “We are now prepared to move forward in our plans to locate funding sources and establish the prototype centers which, here in Arkansas, will include expanding the capacity of the UAMS Medical Center and mobilizing the UAMS Area Health Education Centers located throughout the state.”