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Monday, January 14th, 2013
Silent Spring Institute, an organization staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest, has released a new prevention factsheet for consumers.
Consumer products such as furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants. These chemicals can come out of products into house dust where people are exposed. Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer or hormone disruption, or have not been adequately tested for safety.
Read “5 Tips to Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants at Home” to see how you can make a difference: http://bit.ly/V66XjC.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a 60-minute podcast, “Cultural Awareness: Children and Youth in Disasters”, to assist disaster behavioral health responders in providing culturally aware and appropriate disaster behavioral health services for children, youth, and families affected by natural and human-caused disasters.
Watch or listen to the Cultural Awareness Podcast here: http://1.usa.gov/XK4Pio
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has partnered with the NIH National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to develop a set of resources designed to help parents and teachers help kids cope. Additionally, the page contains resources to help first responders cope: http://1.usa.gov/VBP2Mk
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Have you experienced a time when you did not know how to best serve a diverse patient population before, after, or during a disaster? Did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer worse outcomes than the general population during every phase of a disaster?
This set of courses, hosted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to integrate knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to cultural competency in order to help lessen racial and ethnic health care disparities brought on by disaster situations. The courses target emergency medical personnel, disaster mental health and social workers, public health service officers, and disaster relief organization employees who have the unique opportunity to help improve access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes to those persons subject to racial and ethnic health disparities in a disaster situation.
Throughout the curriculum, a broad range of skills are introduced, such as: working with an interpreter, locating translated materials, negotiating cultural differences, and implementing the CLAS Standards into organizational policy. These skills are shown in real-life scenarios so that you may be able to adopt them into your own environment.
To access the courses, visit the web site: http://1.usa.gov/RgB8ml
Friday, November 9th, 2012
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a list of resources to support mental health needs in the event of a disaster or other traumatic event.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline: (1-800-985-5990) or Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
- Tips for Talking to Children After a Disaster: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
- Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters
- Tips for Survivors of Traumatic Events: Self-Care Tips for Dealing with Stress
To access these and other resources: http://1.usa.gov/TwVT7G
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
MedlinePlus has a number of health topic pages for people recovering from a natural disaster. Health topics include:
Drinking Water: http://1.usa.gov/YtRmIm
For these and over 900 health topics in English and Spanish, go to MedlinePlus.gov
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Superstorm Sandy hit the Eastern part of the United States hard. The federal government has a number of information resources for those affected and responders.
At the Sandy page at the Department of Health and Human Services web site, there is information on clean-up and sanitation, mental health resources, public health concerns, daily updates and state-specific information: http://1.usa.gov/Stw2PZ
Monday, October 29th, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane on their Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/Q2j3I6.
Also, search for open shelters via text, using your zip code: http://1.usa.gov/XMN5jK. Follow the directions of local officials and stay safe!
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Working closely with the Centers for Disease Control-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC), Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) has made significant strides to help operationalize the preparedness workforce competency model. The model, originally developed in 2010, is now accompanied by the new Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model completed in September 2012. These KSAs are recommended for instructors, trainers, evaluators, learners, and other users to both improve and standardize preparedness training and curricula for public health with the ultimate aim of enhancing the public health workforce in protection of the nation’s health.
The KSAs were developed and pilot-tested using an iterative process with representatives of the 14 Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The final 172 KSAs were also vetted by content experts associated with the Leadership Group, which developed the foundational preparedness competency model. The KSAs were selected to enable public health professionals, regardless of work setting, to identify areas of training needed in order to become proficient in the competencies required to address their areas of responsibilities.
The full Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model report is available at http://bit.ly/SHZIq3
Monday, September 24th, 2012
According to a new study from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, many U.S. schools are not prepared for bioterrorism attacks, outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, or pandemics, despite the recent 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic that resulted in more than 18,000 deaths worldwide.
During National Preparedness Month, this study serves as an important reminder that schools need to have plans for disasters and emergencies too. Read more on the results of the study: http://bit.ly/UrkQ5I [ASPH Friday Letter, Sept. 21, 2012]