LTC (RET) Joanne E. McGovern is a highly decorated combat veteran with over 34 years of experience in disaster and humanitarian assistance operations that span the globe. Upon her retirement from the US Army she became the Chief Operations Officer for the Yale ESF-8 Planning and Response Program. She is currently a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Environmental Health Science Department, where she teaches to courses in Medical and Public Health Emergency Planning and Operations together with Dr Sandy Bogucki.
LTC (R) McGovern is also is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Paramedic Referrals for Increased Independence and Decreased Disability in the Elderly (PRIDE) Program. Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Emergency Medical Services is assisting elders and others with impaired mobility through a community based program known as PRIDE through a $7.15 grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Eligible participants for this program live at home and have: 1) called 9-1-1 because they were unable to get up without assistance, 2) fallen in the past or are at risk of falling or 3) fallen, been transported to a local emergency department to be seen because of a fall, and are subsequently released to their home.The program’s goal is to enroll approximately 3,700 individuals over a three-year period in order to demonstrate both improved patient outcomes and a cost benefit to CMS through early intervention. Ultimately, PRIDE strives to enhance seniors’ ability to live safely and independently in their own homes, while decreasing their reliance on the 9-1-1 system and hospital emergency departments.