Who We Are

About Our Program

The KY Emergency Preparedness for Aging and Long Term Care (LTC) Program develops emergency preparedness tools for and provides training to licensed nursing homes’ staff and organizations serving vulnerable elders across KY. Program staff serve on the KY Hospital Preparedness Program regional coalitions for issues of concern to long term care and functional and access needs populations. During times of emergencies, program staff also support the KY Department for Public Health Preparedness Branch and ESF #8 by providing technical assistance on behalf of long term care and serving as a resource to the State Health Operations Center. Program partners include:

  • KY Department for Public Health Preparedness Branch
  • KY Hospital Association
  • KY Division of Emergency Management
  • KY Office of Inspector General
  • KY Community Crisis and Response Board (KCCRB)
  • KY Board of Emergency Medical Services
  • KY LTC Ombudsman Program

The KY LTC Emergency Preparedness Manual was developed as a template for nursing homes in Kentucky to establish planning or augment existing emergency preparedness plans. It is available on this website in WORD format as well as pdf for easy use by nursing homes. It includes a crosswalk to existing emergency preparedness recommendations for nursing homes made by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. Additional information is developed as new events occur in Kentucky and new areas of emphasis emerge, such as medical surge planning and transportation planning.

Our Staff

Betty Shiels, PhD, MSSW, LCSW
Director, KY Emergency Preparedness for Aging & LTC Program

University of Louisville
Kent School of Social Work
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-8003
FAX: (502) 852-5887

Work Cell: (502) 919-0057

Betty.Shiels@louisville.edu

Diana Jester, MSSW
Program Manager, KY Emergency Preparedness for Aging & LTC Program

University of Louisville
Kent School of Social Work
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-3487
FAX: (502) 852-5887

Work Cell: (502) 919-0058

Diana.Jester@louisville.edu

Jim Guinn, M.A., M.A., B.A.

University of Louisville
Kent School of Social Work
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-7968
FAX: (502) 852-5887

 

James.Guinn@louisville.edu