Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program Coordinator Honored by FEMA
MADISON - The coordinator of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics pediatric emergency program traveled to Washington, DC this week to receive a prestigious national award for teaching emergency preparedness and other life skills to at-risk children.
Mary Jean Erschen, who led a team of professional experts from Wisconsin to create the Responding to Emergencies and Disaster with Youth (READY) summer camp, is one of three people who received individual achievement awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during a ceremony that was held at FEMA Headquarters and was followed by a visit to the White House.
Erschen worked with emergency department Care Team Leader Dianna Bower and University of Wisconsin Police Captain Michael Newton to create the program and curriculum for youth throughout Wisconsin.
READY focuses on emergency preparedness as well as life skills and leadership training.
Erschen is executive director of the Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness and chairs the Wisconsin School Crisis Preparedness committee.
Date Published: 09/29/2010