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IndyBar: Pandemic Preparedness CLE Stays Ahead of Flu Season

October 7, 2015

Last fall, the country dealt with the Ebola crisis, and flu season will be here before you know it. When IndyBar attorneys recognized the guidance organizations needed in order to deal with these outbreaks, they did something about it. Members of the Health Care & Life Sciences Section and the Labor & Employment Law Section planned an upcoming CLE addressing Pandemic Preparedness: Legal, Employment and Ethical Considerations on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“Communities had to quickly prepare for potential public health emergencies,” said Anna Kirkman, Health Care & Life Sciences Section Chair, in regards to the Ebola crisis. “It prompted organizations to think about emergency preparedness in a way they hadn’t previously considered. It’s a dynamic and multi-faceted topic that’s worth revisiting, especially with flu season right around the corner. Staying current on these topics will allow organizations to be nimble and respond as needed.”

The seminar will feature five speakers who work for various health care and legal organizations, including the Indiana State Department of Health and the IU Center for Bioethics.

“The speakers represent diverse backgrounds and offer different perspectives on emergency preparedness,” Kirkman said. “Lawyers will speak on employment and other legal considerations that healthcare organizations need to b e mindful of, while others will speak on the difficult realities of public health emergencies and talk about sometimes controversial, real-time decisions that must be made.

Some of the speakers have firsthand experience dealing with pandemics abroad and at home.

“One speaker will draw on his experiences from time spent in Liberia, and another will talk about pandemic preparedness policy through the lens of medical ethics,” said Kirkman.

The speakers will discuss everything from the state’s role in an outbreak to ethical and legal challenges in making decisions during pandemics. The content is uncommon, so take advantage of this offering while you can. Take the first step in being prepared for pandemics by signing up for this CLE at indybar.org/events today.•

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