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First Responder Mental Health Training For Public Health Practitioners

April 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am MDT

When: April 12, 2022; 10am-11am MST

Where: WebEx

Who: All Idaho public health practitioners interested in building relationships with first responder agencies

What is this training?  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Drug Overdose Prevention Program is excited to present a free public health training opportunity to gain information and insight on first responder culture to inform cross-sector collaboration.

In this one-hour virtual training, Chaplain Bill Lotz from the Chaplain Services Network will provide insight on first responder culture and dynamics. This training will assist public health professionals in building and fostering relationships with first responders across the state.

Why attend this training? As the opioid crisis in Idaho evolves, bridging the gap between public health and first responders becomes increasingly important. Partnership between public health and first responders increases opportunity for collaboration and intervention. This training will provide information on first responder priorities and culture, which may assist public health decision-making within the first responder relationship-building process. The overall goal of the training is to equip Idaho public health practitioners with the knowledge to effectively communicate and engage local first responder agencies.

How to RSVP: Click the following link to register for the event:

Speaker Spotlight: Chaplain William Lotz

Chaplain William “Bill” Lotz is the founder and executive director of Chaplain Services Network. While serving as a firefighter/EMT, Bill began a chaplain program with Benton County Dire District #1 and Kennewick Fire which has grown to become Chaplain Services Network, serving emergency services agencies in Southeast Washington.

Bill holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gateway Seminary, has a Certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and teaches CISM courses throughout the US and Canada. He’s a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and also serves as an instructor and is past Training Director for the Federation of Fire Chaplains.

Learn more about Chaplain Services Network here:

Questions, comments, concerns?

Please email Sarah Buchanan at


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