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Emergency Management

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Emergency Management
Date and Time
Eastern (ET)
This webinar will be provided in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English

Recent natural disasters have illustrated the critical need for comprehensive and coordinated planning among all levels of the health center staff before disasters occur. Understanding the critical role that different elements of the health center play before, during, and after a disaster allows health centers to continue to provide services in a timely manner even when facing challenging circumstances. Health center involvement in post-disaster management helps to insure a commitment to health equity with an ongoing focus on social risk factors. This webinar provided under HRSA addresses health center governance, leadership, and management as health centers work to become essential hubs in emergency situations and will provide information and discussion with participants around the role clinicians play in creating resilient health center systems.

During this webinar, the community social mobilization approach will be presented as a tool for emergency preparedness and how community health centers can include this approach in their emergency preparedness plans.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to...

  • Describe the different ways in which health centers contribute to their patients and the community before, during, and after a disaster. 
  • Discuss the ways in which social risk factors impact an individual's or a community's ability to rebound after a disaster.
  • Explore ways in which health centers can become an essential hub during and after disasters, with a particular emphasis on the role that clinicians play. 


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Pagán Santana


Director of Environmental and Occupational Health, Senior Program Manager for Puerto Rico

Migrant Clinicians Network

Marysel Pagán Santana, DrPH, MS, serves as Director of Environmental and Occupational Health of Migrant Clinicians Network in Puerto Rico, where she leads and coordinates MCN projects related to the climate crisis, occupational health, and emergency response. She is also the organization's lead for the Caribbean Office. Dr. Pagán Santana provides technical assistance, training, and tool development for community health centers in Puerto Rico and the communities they serve to address disaster-related issues and health-related impacts. Additionally, she is the project director of a USDA-funded project to support resiliency among farmworkers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. She also provides training related to occupational health and safety to different populations of workers in Puerto Rico. Dr. Pagán Santana has extensive experience providing training to vulnerable and high-risk worker populations and carrying out community projects. She also has over eight years of experience in the private sector as an industrial hygienist and continues to offer them her professional consulting in the development and implementation of training programs in occupational and environmental health, emergency preparedness, and business continuity planning. In recent years, Dr. Pagán Santana has focused on assisting the response to COVID-19 in educational institutions in Puerto Rico, as well as supporting the PR Department of Health's response by offering training to personnel responsible for monitoring schools and businesses to promote the health of students and essential personnel in Puerto Rico. Dr. Pagán Santana has a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene and a Doctorate in Public Health with an emphasis on environmental health from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

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Director of Community Engagement and Worker Training

Migrant Clinicians Network

Alma Galván, MHC is the Director of Community Engagement and Worker Training with MCN. Bicultural and bilingual, Galván has dedicated decades of work toward the health needs of border residents in Ciudad Juárez/El Paso, focusing on a wide range of public and environmental health issues including drug prevention, cultural competency, and water and sanitation concerns. She has collaborated with MCN regularly since 1999, including on our community health worker training guides and our popular pesticide comic book Poco Veneno...¿No Mata?" Galván has a Master’s degree in Health and Communication and has expertise in community development technical assistance and assessment of training programs and curricula. She has been an international leader in the use of community health worker/promotores de salud to impact the health of vulnerable populations. She also has devoted her efforts to addressing the needs of Indigenous communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. She came to MCN alternating her role as a consultant with the Panamerican Health Organization. In her free time, Galván spends time with her family, and enjoys movies, reading, and learning about different cultures. 

Continuing Education Credit (CEU)

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Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


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Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN), is accredited as an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.