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Contagion
Contagion: What the Movie Missed
Medical Reserve Corps
Give the Gift of Preparedness
Lessons for Sustaining, Surviving, and Thriving in Times of Fiscal Constraint
Medical Reserve Corps: A Ready Resource for Local Public Health Departments
Rad Resilient Cities
Rad Resilient Cities Project—Surviving a Nuclear Terrorist Attack
Story from the Field
Knowing There Is a Safe Place to Go—Feature on Helen Chiotes, Senior Citizen of Clinton Town—Who, with Mobility Issues, Had to Evacuate to JP Case Shelter during Hurricane Irene
Social Media
Social Media for Preparedness and Response
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps
Washoe MRC Responds to Deadly Air Show Disaster
Crucial Federal Mass Casualty Preparedness Program Faces Elimination Amidst Decline in National Readiness
NBSB Urges Pre-attack Studies of Anthrax Vaccine in Kids
2010 National Profile Report Is Now Available
Tools and Resources
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act—Table of State Laws
PPHR 2012 Criteria Now Available
APC Tool: Infectious Disease Emergency Response Toolkit
NACCHO’s 2011–2012 Preparedness Priorities Available
FEMA Collecting Social Media Documents
CDC TRAIN
Upcoming Events
Register Today for the 2012 PHP Summit
Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
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Jack Herrmann, MSEd., NCC, LMHC, Senior Advisor & Chief, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

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Contagion
Contagion: What the Movie Missed
Resham Patel, MPH, Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness, NACCHO and Bill Belknap, Public Information Officer, Hennepin County Public Health

The Hollywood sensation, Contagion, may have delivered some fundamental public health messaging within its two hours of fear-laced entertainment; however, in many ways the film missed the opportunity to acknowledge the pivotal roles played by state and local health departments (LHDs) in real-life disease outbreaks and other emergencies. Read more

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Medical Reserve Corps
Give the Gift of Preparedness
Debra Robinson, Project Director, Medical Reserve Corps, NACCHO

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts can become consumed with holiday festivities, shopping lists, and preparing for family visits. For many however, the thought of preparing for an emergency during the holiday season does not cross their minds.  Read more

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Lessons for Sustaining, Surviving, and Thriving in Times of Fiscal Constraint
Debra Robinson, Project Director, Medical Reserve Corps, NACCHO

Fiscal discipline and “doing more with less” are recommendations that we are frequently hearing as the public health community looks to find ways to carry out our essential public health services. The simple fact is, in this new reality there are no easy solutions, but there may be the proverbial glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Read more

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Medical Reserve Corps: A Ready Resource for Local Public Health Departments
Tim Siemsen, Senior Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

In all 50 states nationwide and U.S. territories—physicians, nurses, veterinarians, mental health professionals, high school and university students, attorneys and accountants, and individuals from every professional, social and cultural background—join together as the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers to support their local health departments (LHDs). Read more

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Rad Resilient Cities
Rad Resilient Cities Project—Surviving a Nuclear Terrorist Attack
Jo Ellen Warner, Senior Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness, NACCHO

What is a Rad Resilient City? It is a city in which leaders and residents have shed the paralyzing belief that nothing can be done to survive a nuclear attack and are acting to minimize loss of life from radioactive fallout after a nuclear detonation.  Read more

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Story from the Field
Knowing There Is a Safe Place to Go—Feature on Helen Chiotes, Senior Citizen of Clinton Town—Who, with Mobility Issues, Had to Evacuate to JP Case Shelter during Hurricane Irene
Carl Rachel, Public Information Officer at the Hunterdon County Department of Health

To evaluate what made a difference for Helen Chiotes, the first Hunterdon County senior citizen to seek shelter at the county regional evacuation site during Hurricane Irene, the Public Health Preparedness division of the Hunterdon County Health Department arranged a home interview with her several weeks after the event. Chiotes’s case provides a prime example of multiple levels of coordination and communication during a crisis that required the resources of several agencies.  Read more

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Social Media
Social Media for Preparedness and Response
Does your health department use social media or some other technology during an emergency? Do you “Tweet” the location and availability of influenza vaccine to your community members? Post personal preparedness “podcasts” on your LHD or county/city website? If so, NACCHO wants to hear about it! Read more
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News, Reports, and Journal Articles
A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps

NACCHO has created the fact sheet, "A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps," which describes how after the life-altering events of 9/11, the volunteer physicians of the Stuyvesant Triage Center, recognized the need for an organized group of medical volunteers who would be trained and prepared to provide supplemental medical and public health support in response to emergency operations in New York City. Read more

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Washoe MRC Responds to Deadly Air Show Disaster
MRC In Touch, October 2011

On September 16, 2011, the third deadliest air show disaster in U.S.history occurred at the Reno Air Show in Reno, Nevada. Read about how volunteers from the Washoe (NV) Medical Reserve Corps unit helped assist with recovery efforts. Read more

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Crucial Federal Mass Casualty Preparedness Program Faces Elimination Amidst Decline in National Readiness
Anthony L. Kimery, The Kimery Report, November 9, 2011

Read insight from Anthony L. Kimery, Homeland Security Today's senior reporter and online editor about the possible abolishment of the Metropolitan Medical Response System, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read more

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NBSB Urges Pre-attack Studies of Anthrax Vaccine in Kids
Lisa Schnirring, CIDRAP News, October 28, 2011

Read information about an expert advisory panel that approved a recommendation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to study the use of anthrax vaccine in children. Read more

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2010 National Profile Report Is Now Available

NACCHO is pleased to announce the availability of the 2010 National Profile of Local Health Departments report. LHDs and researchers can use this report as a resource to assess and develop programs, prepare proposals and policy recommendations, and more. Read more

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Tools and Resources
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act—Table of State Laws

A new Network resource, the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act—Table of State Laws, provides information on how the laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia replicate, reflect or closely relate to several of the key provisions of the Act. Read more

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PPHR 2012 Criteria Now Available

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is a competency-based training and recognition program that assesses preparedness and assists local health departments, or groups of local health departments working collaboratively as a region, to respond to emergencies. Read more

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APC Tool: Infectious Disease Emergency Response Toolkit

The Infectious Disease Emergency Response Toolkit (IDER) Toolkit is for local health department staff and others involved in planning and preparing for infectious disease emergencies. Read more

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NACCHO’s 2011–2012 Preparedness Priorities Available

NACCHO’s 2011–2012 Preparedness Priorities are now available. Read more

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FEMA Collecting Social Media Documents

FEMA is collecting documents related to using social media during disaster response. As the use of social media increases throughout the country, many jurisdictions are incorporating Internet sites such as Twitter and Facebook into their public communications plans. Read more

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CDC TRAIN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the most recent addition to the CDC Learning Connection (www.cdc.gov/learning), CDC TRAIN, a component of the nation’s most comprehensive public health learning management system (LMS). Read more

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Upcoming Events
Register Today for the 2012 PHP Summit

Public health professionals and our partners from across the nation will present new research, new tools, and new practices to build and sustain a progressive public health preparedness infrastructure at the local, state, tribal, and territorial levels. Join your colleagues at next year's Summit and take the opportunity to regroup, refocus, and refresh your approach to public health preparedness! Read more

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Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit

The 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services (HHS). This forum permits coordination, collaboration and interaction  amongst the target audience—the leaders and members of preparedness and response partner organizations. Read more

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This publication was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number H75TP000309-02 and 5 U38 HM000449-04 from CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. Read more



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