MEDS Training 2019-20 (VIRTUAL TRAINING PLANNED)

ON-SITE MEDS TRAINING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION

VIRTUAL MEDS TRAINING STARTED



Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS) Point of Dispensing (POD) Virtual Training

The RI Department of Health (RIDOH) Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS) Point of Dispensing (POD) Program is designed to rapidly provide immunizations or other preventive measures to all the citizens of Portsmouth in the event of a medical emergency. In preparation for a potential distribution of medications or immunizations, the Town has a program in place to activate a facility that will act as a central POD. The program requires not only medical professionals but also ordinary citizens to volunteer to staff the facility if it is activated. With the expectation for some type of COVID-19 immunization in the future, the Town needs volunteers to have some basic training on how the POD works

Virtual Training Scheduled. The RIDOH had been holding MEDS POD training sessions, but they had to be suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. The RIDOH is restarting the MEDS POD basic training program using a virtual format. 
  

Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS) - Point of Dispensing (POD)

Virtual Basic Training Schedule

These virtual training sessions will begin the week of April 12th and run through May 16th. Please note this schedule will be updated by Sunday each week to show the two training sessions for the following week. This will allow us to change days/times of training sessions to better suit different audiences and also accoMmodate the shifting schedule of the instructor, Travis Vendetti, who is involved in several aspects of the RI Department of Health’s COVID-19 response. 

 

Training Notes:

  • The link to access these training sessions are: https://riema.zoom.us/j/92578672088, training sessions will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled training time. 
  • Each training session is expected to last between 1 and 1.5 hours. 
  • If you have never used Zoom conference call/webinar software before, please follow the instructions located here: https://tinyurl.com/rrx5fqq when joining the training session. 
  • Attendance will be gathered via the Zoom chatbox feature, participants will be instructed to provide their name, email address, and municipality they work for and/or are volunteering for at several points during the training session.
  • Participants will be muted during the training sessions, questions will be gathered via the Zoom chatbox feature at the end of the training session. Any questions that can’t be answered during the training session will be addressed via an email to all participants. 

 

Week of 4/19 - 4/25

  • Tuesday, 4/21, 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, 4/23, 5:30 PM 

 

Week of 4/26 - 5/2

  • TBD
  • TBD

 

Week of 5/3 - 5/9 

  • TBD
  • TBD

 

Week of 5/10- 5/16

  • TBD
  • TBD





ABOUT THE MEDS TRAINING PROGRAM



 
2019-2020 Medical Emergency Distribution (MEDS) Training


In an event where the RI Department of Health (
RI DOH) determines that there is imminent threat of some type of heath event (such as an Anthrax attack or some resistant strain of the flu), they may declare a Medical Emergency and alert the Town to set up a Point of Dispensing (POD) for distribution of some type of medication to all the town citizens. 

The staffing of the POD would require the assistance of both town staff and citizens volunteers. 

Although staffing volunteers would be provided “Just-In-Time” training as part of the POD preparation, it is valuable to have as many people as possible with some level of training before an event occurs.  The RI DOH has developed a program, this year, to provide basic and advanced  training to potential staff and volunteers.

The RI DOH provides the Town funding to support the MEDS Program by completing certain deliverables each year.      

As part of Portsmouth’s required 2019-2020 deliverables that will release funding to Portsmouth for our Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS), we will be required to attend 20 training sessions before May 2020. 

Basic Training is for those staff members who have not had any basic or equivalent training in MEDS before.  

Advanced Training is for those who have satisfied Basic Training requirements  

WE NEED THE HELP OF TOWN STAFF  TO COMPLETE BASIC AND ADVANCED TRAINING.

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR TRAINING SO WE CAN MEET OUR TOWN MINIMUM TRAINING GOALS. 

Confused or have Questions? Contact Rich Talipsky, Portsmouth MEDS Coordinator (401-643-0382,  rtalipsky@portsmouthri.com )
 

Please note that we are no longer accepting registrations for the MEDS-POD Basic Training at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, 3/18/20 at Tiverton Middle School or for the MEDS-POD Basic Training Course at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, 4/14/20 at North Providence High School. We have reached a maximum capacity for these courses and so the option to register for it has been removed from the online registration forms. HOWEVER, due to the increased demand for training sessions we have added 4 new MEDS-POD Basic training sessions that are reflected in the online registration forms and the schedule below.

 

Please see below for the most up to date schedule and registration links, which include the most recently added training sessions.

 

Basic MEDS-POD Training Courses 2020

Time/Date

Location

10:00 AM, Saturday, 3/28/20

Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J Hawkins Jr Trail, Smithfield, RI 02828

10:00 AM, Tuesday, 4/14/20

North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904

1:00 PM, Tuesday, 4/14/20

North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904

4:00 PM, Wednesday, 4/29/20

RI Department of Health Auditorium, 3 Capitol Hill, Lower Level, Providence, RI 02908

6:00 PM, Wednesday, 4/29/20

RI Department of Health Auditorium, 3 Capitol Hill, Lower Level, Providence, RI 02908

4:00 PM, Monday, 5/4/20

RI Department of Health Auditorium, 3 Capitol Hill, Lower Level, Providence, RI 02908

6:00 PM, Monday, 5/4/20

RI Department of Health Auditorium, 3 Capitol Hill, Lower Level, Providence, RI 02908

You and your staff can sign up for these Basic MEDS-POD Training Courses here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k3uJRKz1BYZs66xFADg6mWmvesmEi5SGScqoDWgyl2Y/edit?usp=sharing

 

Advanced Medical Countermeasures (MCM) Courses 2020

Course Title/Time/Date

Location

“Disability Etiquette: Pitfalls and Best Practices” 11:00 AM, Saturday, 3/14/20

Wilbur & McMahon School, 28 Commons, Little Compton, RI 02837

“ICS at PODs”

2:00 PM, Wednesday, 3/18/20

Tiverton Middle School, 10 Quintal Dr, Tiverton, RI 02878

“Disability Etiquette: Pitfalls and Best Practices”

12:00 PM, Saturday, 3/28/20

Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J Hawkins Jr Trail, Smithfield, RI 02828

“Addressing Behavioral/Mental Health at PODs”

10:00 AM, Tuesday, 4/14/20

North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904

“Pandemic Influenza vs. Anthrax PODs”

1:00 PM, Tuesday, 4/14/20

North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904

You and your staff can sign up for one or multiple Advanced MCM Courses here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fE--1QlywPEt8x7zreivL-2R08gM_rLCJ13WnQNDDMI/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please note that if you or your staff have already signed up for training sessions and would like to register for additional training opportunities, you can fill out the forms online again indicating which additional trainings you would like to attend. You only need to contact me for changes if you want to remove yourself from a class you already registered for.

 

Please sign up for courses using the respective links. We will track sign-ups and course completion as to how we are doing toward our goal.  Please note your affiliation as “Portsmouth”

 
BASIC TRAINING CREDIT LIST

The following Portsmouth Team Members have satisfied the Basic Training Requirement and can immediately sign up for Advanced Training.  It you are not on this list, you must complete a basic training course before attending advanced training.

Alvarnai, Linn
Arnold, Mike
Asciole, Mike
Berube, Joshua
Biurrun, Ismael
Botelho, Joshua
Carceller, Adam
Caron, Mark
Church, Robert
Corte IV, George
Cottle, Brian
Cranson, Michael
Delaney, Ethan
Dwanen, Jeanne
Ethier, William
Faucher, David
Gaertner, Blake
Goral, Barbara
Gump, Gary
Gump, Janice
 Hammond, Alex
Hebert, Lance
Hoetzel, Steven
Jenks, Kevin
Kesson, Charles
Lamoureux, Steve
Lautieri, Dominic
Levesque, Allen
Lynch, Steven
Mankofsky, Paul
Mastert, Joshua
Matthews, Paul
Medeiros, Mia
Morrison, Carson
Morrison, Kitty
Mostert, Justin
O'Brien, Michael
Perry, Justin
Perry, Maryanne
Perry, Ray
Redlich, Katherine
Ripa, Barbara
Rosa, Cheryl
Ross, Neil
Sanborn, Sam
Talipsky, Richard
Tighes, Howard
Welch, Gretchen
White, Rob