March 20, 2012 View Web Version | Text Only Version
Preparedness Brief
Leading the Way to Prepared and Resilient Communities
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Advanced Practice Centers
The Staffing Decision Guide: Providing Direction for Disease Investigation and Mass Prophylaxis Operations
Risk Communication—Getting the Message Across
Stories from the Field
The FBI Citizen’s Academy: A Partnership That Strengthens Community Preparedness
ASPR Issues First Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations
CDC to Publish Guide: Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Preparedness Options for Increasing Their Protection during Public Health Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Runner Survives Marathon Collapse, Due to MRC Emergency Response Efforts
Local Health Departments Receive PPHR Recognition
Win a NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference Registration from the APC Program
Twenty-Three Percent all LHDs Reduced or Eliminated Emergency Preparedness during 2011
Tools and Resources
New Interactive Website Available through FEMA’s GPD
The APC Program Supports Your PHEP Capability Objectives
Watch the Exciting Ignite Session from the 2012 PHP Summit
NACCHO Dark Sites
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
NACCHO's Podcast with HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie
Upcoming Events
Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
APC Presents Webinar, “Tools for Community Practice”
A National Health Security Card—The Time is Now!
2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
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Editor-in-Chief
Jack Herrmann, MSEd., NCC, LMHC, Senior Advisor & Chief, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

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Megan Skupien, Communications Specialist, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

 

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Advanced Practice Centers
The Staffing Decision Guide: Providing Direction for Disease Investigation and Mass Prophylaxis Operations
Matt Hoffman and Aron Stephens, Program Specialists, Multnomah County Health Department Advanced Practice Center

The Staffing Decision Guide for Public Health Emergencies Requiring Disease Investigation and Mass Prophylaxis tool was developed by Multnomah County Health Department (OR) to facilitate staffing decisions by a local health department administrator or incident commander during a public health emergency response. Read more

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Risk Communication—Getting the Message Across
Stacy DeBruyne, Marketing Coordinator/PIO, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Advanced Practice Center

Effective risk communication plans can assist public health officials in preventing a potentially damaging public response to emergency situations. Successfully implementing the various parts of your communications plan can ensure a measured response to an emergency situation. Read more

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Stories from the Field
The FBI Citizen’s Academy: A Partnership That Strengthens Community Preparedness
Paul A. Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, City of Milwaukee Health Department, WI

Post 9/11 and through initiatives such as the Criminal-Epidemiological Workshops (www.crim-epi.org), which are co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and United States Department of Justice—local public health and law enforcement are now working to establish more close relationships, especially in areas of bioterrorism planning and response. Read more

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ASPR Issues First Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations
Rachel E. Kaul, LCSW, CTS, Behavioral Health Team Lead, HHS/ASPR and Darrin Donato, Senior Policy Analyst, HHS/ASPR

Every disaster or public health emergency creates different medical needs and health concerns. While these concerns may vary by the type of disaster, all disasters or public health emergencies will result in behavioral health needs. Read more

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CDC to Publish Guide: Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Preparedness Options for Increasing Their Protection during Public Health Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
Rebecca Polinsky, J.D., Research and Practice Fellow, Public Health Law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We cannot always know with certainty which groups of people will be most affected by future public health emergencies; however, events such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, have shown that some characteristics of older adults put them at greater risk of illness and death during many types of emergencies. Read more
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News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Runner Survives Marathon Collapse, Due to MRC Emergency Response Efforts
MRC "In Touch"

A man is alive, thanks to the response efforts of the Harris County Gateway to Care (TX) Medical Reserve Corps and other emergency officials who quickly came to the aid of a marathon runner who collapsed near the finish line at the Houston Marathon in January. Read more

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Local Health Departments Receive PPHR Recognition

Since 2004, a total of 270 local health departments (LHDs) from 26 states have been recognized as meeting the Project Public Health (PPHR) requirements. Representing the largest cohort to date, 76 LHDs from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia applied for and successfully attained PPHR recognition this year. Read more

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Win a NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference Registration from the APC Program
The APC Program wants your feedback!  Post a product review on the APC website, and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a free registration to the NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference in Los Angeles this July ($800 value). Read more
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Twenty-Three Percent all LHDs Reduced or Eliminated Emergency Preparedness during 2011
A new report based on data from the January 2012 NACCHO Survey of Job Losses and Program Cuts shows that cuts to budgets, staffing, and programs continue to plague many local health departments (LHDs) throughout the nation. Read more
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Tools and Resources
New Interactive Website Available through FEMA’s GPD
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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The APC Program Supports Your PHEP Capability Objectives

Is your health department addressing one or more of the 15 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities? The Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program Website offers new interactive features to help. Read more

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Watch the Exciting Ignite Session from the 2012 PHP Summit
Too often, valuable lessons and stories in Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) planning and response go uncaptured. The Ignite sharing session allows six different presenters to bring their valuable SNS lesson and tools to light in an environment that promotes creativity and capitalizes on many adult learning techniques for engaging audiences. Read more
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NACCHO Dark Sites

NACCHO has developed several incident-specific dark sites for local health department staff, emergency managers, and the general public to reference when disaster strikes in their community. Read more

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Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) is a system designed for first responders in hazardous material incidents. Read more
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NACCHO's Podcast with HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie
In NACCHO's latest podcast, Ian Goldstein interviews Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Nicole Lurie. Read more
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Upcoming Events
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). Read more

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APC Presents Webinar, “Tools for Community Practice”

The Montgomery County, Maryland APC webinar will focus on PHEP Capability #1, Community Preparedness, and some of the APC products and strategies local health departments can use to address specific measures under PHEP Capability #1. Read more

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A National Health Security Card—The Time is Now!
Registration is now open for the conference, A National Health Security Card–The Time is Now! The conference will be held during April 24– 26, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more
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2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
The School of Public Health at the University of Maryland is pleased to co-sponsor the 2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service. 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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