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CJS Noon Lecture Series: The Role of Family Physicians After the March 11, 2011 Tsunami Disaster in Japan

Thursday, March 12, 2015
4:00 AM
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building

Medical efforts immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami concentrated on management of acute illnesses and traumas. However, victims’ needs quickly evolved from emergency care to management of long-term health issues that were complicated by limited supplies and medicines, lack of previous health records, and a shortage of doctors comfortable managing chronic illnesses. Based on his experience leading the Japan Primary Care Association’s response to the disaster, Dr. Yukishige Ishibashi will speak about lessons learned, especially the value of multidisciplinary collaboration for disaster victims and the implications for disaster preparedness. Specifically, he will emphasize continuity, permanency, and respect for the local people and their culture, as well as rights to health care and differential impacts on vulnerable populations.

Please note that the speaker will give the same talk as part of the U-M Department of Family Medicine's Grand Rounds on March 11 (Wed.) from 8:40 to 9:40 am at Ford Auditorium, Floor 2, University Hospital, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor.

Yukishige Ishibashi, MD is a practicing family physician, national leader in organized family medicine, and community faculty member for multiple institutions in Japan. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, he led the Japan Primary Care Association relief response. He has authored numerous primary care articles and books.

This event is cosponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, the Japan Business Society of Detroit, the University of Michigan Human Rights Initiative, the University of Michigan International Institute, the University of Michigan Medical School Global REACH, and the University of Michigan Health System Japanese Family Health Program.

Yukishige Ishibashi, MD, Director, Ishibashi Clinic; Director, Japanese Primary Care Association