With over 31 years of humanitarian relief experience in over 70 countries worldwide, International Medical Corps will discuss lessons learned in international disaster response. Emergency Response Nurse, Kelly Suter, will contribute first-hand accounts from her recent deployments to Nepal and West Africa, training communities to become their own best “First Responders,” and the importance of multidisciplinary and organizational cooperation.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
Presented by Kelly Suter, MSN, RN, Senior Nurse Advisor, International Medical Corps
Kelly Suter is currently the Senior Nurse Advisor for the Medical Planning and Preparedness Unit of the International Medical Corps. Kelly is an experienced Emergency Department nurse and holds a Master’s in Nursing Education. Prior to her current position, Kelly worked for five years as an Emergency Response Nurse for International Medical Corps. Kelly functioned as a Nurse Team Leader and Emergency Staff Nurse in a field hospital during the 2010 earthquake response in Haiti; the Cholera Treatment Site Manager for three Cholera Treatment Units in Northern Haiti during the 2011 Cholera response; the Primary Health Care Coordinator and Clinical Staff Educator in the Malakal IDP camp in 2014 at the height of the civil war in South Sudan; as a Nurse Team Leader and Clinical Ebola Educator in Bong, Liberia and Interim Training Director in Lunsar and Makeni, Sierra Leone during the current Ebola epidemic; and most recently as an Emergency Health Manager of Mobile Medical Units following the recent earthquake in Nepal. She has also worked with other humanitarian organizations in the Amazon, Mexico, East Timor, and Haiti. Prior to becoming a nurse, Kelly managed a humanitarian youth mission organization for two years, focusing on alleviating the suffering of impoverished populations in Ireland, Mexico, and the United States. Kelly was also featured in the 60 Minutes report entitled, “The Ebola Hot Zone” and on the cover of the January issue of Nurse.com magazine. To read excerpts from Kelly’s Ebola Diary, visit https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/story_liberia_kellys-diary
Kathryn Perry, Desk Officer, International Medical Corps
Kathryn Perry is the Desk Officer of Medical Planning and Preparedness at International Medical Corps. Inspired by International Medical Corps’ 31 years of experience in over 70 countries worldwide, Perry is responsible for developing the international non-governmental organization’s first preparedness and response programming within the United States.
Perry previously served as the Disaster Preparedness Specialist and a Community HealthCorps Member at the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC). In this role, Perry supported disaster preparedness and health system capacity building activities for over 200 community health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and the 1.5 million patients they serve annually.