January 18, 2012 View Web Version | Text Only Version
Preparedness Brief
Leading the Way to Prepared and Resilient Communities
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Influenza Pandemic
Managing Antiviral Medication during the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic: State and Local Public Health Department Responsibilities
Medical Reserve Corps
Order’s Up! DOTMLPF
Preparing Volunteers for a Response: Inclusive Just-in-Time Training for Mass Prophylaxis/POD Operations
Advanced Practice Centers
Chaska, Minnesota, Takes Plan 9 to Camp to Prepare the Community
Story from the Field
What Community Members Want from Public Health Text Messages
Upcoming 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit
APC Program To Host a Workshop at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit
PPHR Criteria, CDC PHEP Capabilities, and PHAB Standards, Oh My! Sharing Session
Public Health Law and Preparedness Examined at the 2012 Preparedness Summit
Focus Groups on Health Department Use of ICS in EOC Offered at the Summit
Social Media
Follow the APC Program on Twitter
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Advanced Practice Center Products Support Medical Reserve Corps Initiatives
HOSA and MRC Team Up at the Chaska Safety Camp
Yavapai County MRC Supports Nuclear Blast Exercise
The Public Health Associate Program: Apply to Host an Associate from the 2012 Class
Tools and Resources
Winter Weather Resources
Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit
NACCHO’s 2011–2012 Preparedness Priorities Available
Upcoming Events
Register Today for the 2012 PHP Summit
Registration Now Open: 2012 Water Laboratory Alliance Security Summit—Nashville, TN
Join NACCHO Teleconference
Attend the 2012 Public Health Institute
ASPR 101 Webinar
NACCHO Hosts Webinar on IOM Report on Prepositioning of Antibiotics for Anthrax
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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Influenza Pandemic
Managing Antiviral Medication during the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic: State and Local Public Health Department Responsibilities
Amanda Kudis, MPH, Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness, NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Influenza Coordination Unit, have been researching state and local health department experiences during H1N1 in regards to antiviral management.  Read more

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Medical Reserve Corps
Order’s Up! DOTMLPF
Debra Robinson, Project Director, Medical Reserve Corps, NACCHO

With all the challenges you are facing today, you may feel you are being served up an entrée of “problem-solving”, with a side of “doing more with less,” and a nice tall glass of “change management”— only to finish your dinner with a tasty expectation for a dessert of “improved capabilities,” topped with just a dash of fresh “limited resources.” Read more

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Preparing Volunteers for a Response: Inclusive Just-in-Time Training for Mass Prophylaxis/POD Operations
Matt Hoffman and Aron Stephens, Program Specialists, Multnomah County Health Department Advanced Practice Center

In this era of dissipating public health preparedness funding, it is critical that health departments be outfitted with the most innovative, efficient, and up-to-date preparedness training products, so that available resources can be maximized. The Inclusive Just-in-Time Training for Mass Prophylaxis/Point of Dispensing (POD) Operations toolkit provides a comprehensive training curriculum for health department staff and community volunteers that coordinate a public health response. Read more

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Advanced Practice Centers
Chaska, Minnesota, Takes Plan 9 to Camp to Prepare the Community
Betsy Rebert, Communication Specialist, Montgomery County (MD) APC for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, HHS and Lynn Cook, MHS, CHES, Health Communications Consultant, Mongtomery APC

As funding and resources are stretched, local health departments are looking for simple strategies to address the 15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Take a lesson from one Minnesota emergency planner, Deb Larsen of Carver County, MN. Read more

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Story from the Field
What Community Members Want from Public Health Text Messages
Whitney Offenbecher, Research Assistant, Public Health – Seattle & King County

Over two trillion text messages will be sent in the U.S. in 2011, and upwards of 72% of all adult cell phone users text. Unlike the digital divide with online technologies, people of color and low income individuals are even more likely than affluent whites to text.1 With this widespread adoption, texting offers promise for public health departments to make health information accessible using the communication channels widely used by the people they serve. Read more

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Upcoming 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit
APC Program To Host a Workshop at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit
The Advanced Practice Centers (APC) will be holding a Pre-Summit Workshop on February 21 as a part of the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Anaheim, California. The overall theme of the workshop will be the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities, and how the APC program can help health departments achieve goals laid out by PHEP. Read more
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PPHR Criteria, CDC PHEP Capabilities, and PHAB Standards, Oh My! Sharing Session

NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, and the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) will be leading a sharing session on February 24 as a part of the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Anaheim, California.  In this session, representatives from PPHR, CDC, and PHAB will share an overview of their respective programs and highlight how the programs, each with its own unique focus and purpose, are interrelated. Read more

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Public Health Law and Preparedness Examined at the 2012 Preparedness Summit

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with guidance and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program (PHLP), has undertaken a project to enhance local public health professionals' and their legal counsel's knowledge of the legal authorities and issues that shape their ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Read more

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Focus Groups on Health Department Use of ICS in EOC Offered at the Summit
Emergency Preparedness has become a core activity for local health departments. The Emory University Preparedness and Response Research Center (PERRC) is studying how local health departments have implemented and used the Incident Command System (ICS) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as part of emergency planning and preparedness. During the Summit, the Emory PERRC is conducting focus groups to learn more about issues and challenges related to ICS and EOC, as well as the future concerns about sustaining this infrastructure. Read more
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Social Media
Follow the APC Program on Twitter

Follow the APC Program on Twitter: @APCNACCHO for information about upcoming webinars, podcasts, conferences and other news in the public health preparedness field. Read more

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News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Advanced Practice Center Products Support Medical Reserve Corps Initiatives

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) prepared this fact sheet to introduce Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units to valuable training resources available through the Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program. APCs exist to serve the public health community and provide resources ranging from training products to prepare for and respond to mass casualty incidents, to public education materials to reach vulnerable populations. Read more

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HOSA and MRC Team Up at the Chaska Safety Camp
MRC In Focus, Fall 2011
In July, the Carver County MRC (MN) collaborated for the first time with the Minnesota Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at a safety camp for elementary school students that covered emergency preparedness. Read more
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Yavapai County MRC Supports Nuclear Blast Exercise
MRC In Touch, December 2011
MRC volunteers in Yavapai County (AZ) participated in the Vigilant Guard, a state-wide exercise involving a nuclear blast from a deadly terrorist attack. This exercise tested the preparedness and response efforts of 8,000 workers, including first responders, hospital staff, volunteers, and also the surge capacity of hospitals and health departments in 15 counties. Read more
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The Public Health Associate Program: Apply to Host an Associate from the 2012 Class
The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) training and development program that provides opportunities for promising future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. It is geared toward recent baccalaureate college graduates (BA/BS) who are beginning a career in public health and are seeking hands-on experience. Are you interested in hosting an associate? Read more
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Tools and Resources
Winter Weather Resources
This toolbox is a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community, tailored specifically for response to severe winter weather conditions. Read more
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Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit
The Texas Health Institute on behalf of the HHS Office of Minority Health developed a toolkit entitled "Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit." 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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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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Registration Now Open: 2012 Water Laboratory Alliance Security Summit—Nashville, TN
Pamela Bernard Barnes, Physical Scientist, Water Security Division, OGWDW/OW, US Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) will host the 3rd Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Security Summit at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN on March 22-23, 2012. Read more

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Join NACCHO Teleconference

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is hosting a teleconference for local health department senior leaders to discuss public health issues around the Occupy Wall Street protests on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Read more

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Attend the 2012 Public Health Institute

Plan to attend the 2012 Public Health Institute. It offers 36 courses in nine public health areas and features 12 new courses. Participate in fast-paced, interactive courses with an emphasis on theory to practice with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs and simulations. Read more

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ASPR 101 Webinar
Local health department (LHD) staff are encouraged to participate in the upcoming webinar, “ASPR 101“. Hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the webinar will be held on January 25, 2012, from 2 PM to 3 PM EST. Read more
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NACCHO Hosts Webinar on IOM Report on Prepositioning of Antibiotics for Anthrax

In early November, NACCHO hosted a PREP-inar on the recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the prepositioning of antibiotics for anthrax. The NACCHO sponsored PREP-inar highlighted the IOM report findings, explained the different types of prepositioning strategies, highlighted the decision-aiding framework provided in the report, discussed the potential implications and planning considerations of these findings on state, local, and tribal health departments. 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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