Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola (Call with HHS)
HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs
Monday, October 20 / 1 – 2 PM (ET)
Following the call, please check this page for a transcript and audio file of this call.
Hospital executives, emergency management directors and safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.
Dial In Information:
Toll Free – 888-395-7964
Participant Code – 9622268
A live webstream of this call is available at http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875793&s=1&k=1060AEB3C4A38A847A20460D9939A2AB
Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)
How to Participate: Registration is not required.
- Join early.
- Line opens 15 minutes before the live call.
- When possible dial in as a group.
- High interest call.
- If lines reach capacity, access on demand a few days after the live call.
Participate by Phone:
- 888-455-9766(U.S. Callers)
- Passcode: 5076538
Participate by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen only.
Access on Demand:
Call materials (audio and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call. http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_102014.asp
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in healthcare workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.
Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP
Clinical Team Lead
CDC Ebola Response
Diana Florescu, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist
Section on Infectious Diseases
University of Nebraska Medical Center
- Marshall Lyon III MD, MMSc
Division of Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine
Webcast: Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): A Workshop
Institute of Medicine
Monday November 3rd / 8:30 am (ET)
An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Research Council will organize a one-day workshop that will explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States. The workshop will focus primarily on basic science and environmental health research issues of specific concern to affected and potentially affected U.S. communities
Information about the workshop: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/EbolaTransmissionResearch/2014-NOV-03.aspx
Register for the In-Person Meeting or Webcast: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1848424/Research-Priorities-for-Ebola-Workshop-Public-Registration
Journal Article: Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine
Cynthia Love, Stacey Arnesen, Steven Phillips
This article, published in a special edition of “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” (DMPHP) journal, provides a review and summary of the information that the National Library of Medicine is providing in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, including access to the published literature, “grey literature”, genetic variance, and social media. The special edition on Ebola focuses providing operational and policy level information to improve outcomes and decision making for all providers preparing for and responding to the outbreak, and all full text articles are free.
Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9387998&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1935789314001086&specialArticle=Y
Find additional articles from the special edition: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialArticle?jid=DMP&bespokeId=11228
We will offer 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit for this session.
Presenter: Kate E. Corcoran, Director, Membership, Research, and Information Systems, Medical Library Association (MLA)
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Summary: Join Kate Corcoran in exploring one aspect of the MLANET Community: MLA’s mentoring and expertise directory. Accessible 24/7 to members on MLANET or by request to MLA headquarters, this online resource can connect you with your expert colleagues. Whether you are new to the profession, in mid-career, or exploring the profession, you can find a mentor to help with career transitions or select from hundreds of MLA members who have identified their knowledge in more than 70 expertise areas.
Plus, get a sneak peek before launch of the MLANET Community Member’s Forum area for ongoing professional discussion, document sharing, and calendar for the profession!
Presenter: Sharon Dennis and Rebeeca Brown, National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Summary: During this session, trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will help you become familiar with the NLM MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs, and to get comfortable with searching for drug information in PubMed. They will explain how chemicals, drugs and other substances are described in MeSH, discuss how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, and demonstrate how to search using pharmacological action terms.
UNYOC Annual Meeting CE
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 / 1 – 5 pm (ET)
Disaster Health Information Resources: On the Road to Specialization
Instructor: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator for the NN/LM MAR
Meeting the demand for Ebola information has been challenging. This class will be a great way to learn where to find quality and reliable information to meet the needs of your healthcare professionals and community. Infectious disease is not usually considered a health disaster but we know the Ebola virus is not a normal virus.
The Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region is rolling out training for the Disaster Information Specialist Program. We are offering you an opportunity to combine the content of Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics and Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device for 4.0 MLA CEUs by attending this session.
Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphones, iPads or some type of device that you can use to access the internet and mobile apps. This is an interactive class with an emphasis on searching the resources covered in the class. This course is open to anyone –not just librarians!
For more information or questions contact Michelle Burda: firstname.lastname@example.org and
John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to biomedical literature in support of the Ebola outbreak relief efforts in West Africa, aiding responders across the affected population.
As part of this initiative, Wiley is partnering with the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), which includes the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.
EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. The free access period in response to the Ebola crisis is currently Free access period: August 12, 2014 – November, 14, 2014. Access to over 175 medical and scientific journals includes The Cochrane Library, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
For further information or questions regarding EAI resources, please email email@example.com, or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or +1-301-594-5983 internationally.
To view the site visit: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/
We want to share information sent recently to an NIH Emergency Preparedness listserv that may interest those working in K-12 schools…
From: Emergency Public Health and Medical Partners [mailto:ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Sloan, Nick
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
Subject: FW: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Please share as you deem appropriate with your school districts around the country.
Nick Sloan, CEM, TEM, HEM, CHS-I
Director of Emergency Management
Environmental Safety & Emergency Management
Subject: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts
In an effort to keep districts informed so that they may respond to questions from concerned parents about the Ebola virus, we are sharing some resources provided by the Dallas Independent School District. The district hopes that the procedures and steps they took will be of assistance to other school districts should they have the unfortunate experience of having a school impacted by the virus.
Previously, we provided information from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control that might also be useful.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.
The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
- Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
- Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
- Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
- Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
- Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States
The Fellowship offers:
- A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
- Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
- Some relocation funding
Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.
Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned. To help presenters communicate content that is most important to clinicians, please submit your questions before the call to email@example.com. Please note: the focus of this call will be healthcare systems preparedness, not clinical management of the patients with Ebola.
Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a symposium on the Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, October 14; the symposium will also be live streamed. Speakers will discuss the impact of the West Africa epidemic, current and future response, the status of vaccines and possible pharmacologic therapies, recommendations to prevent spread of the disease outside of West Africa, and other issues.
Agenda and more information: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/
Webcast link: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/webcast.html
PLOS: Currents: Disasters, September 26, 2014
This research article, co-authored by National Institutes of Health librarian Alicia Livinski, is an example of collaboration between a library and public health agency developing search strategies to organize and monitor the vast array of information sent out via Twitter during a disaster.
By Yawar Ali and Cindy Olney
As the child of a physician living in South Texas, I’ve witnessed a deficiency of health literacy in patients. I volunteered in my dad’s clinic over spring break. I also participated on a medical relief trip with my father to a nonprofit charitable hospital in Pakistan. At both places, I witnessed difficulty in patient health literacy. – Yawar Ali
In June 2014, Yawar Ali, a rising junior from the South Texas High School for Health Professions, taught physicians and physician assistants in his father’s medical clinics about patient health literacy. He also introduced them to MedlinePlus as an important tool for their patients. Yawar evaluated his project and discovered valuable insight that helped him improve the impact of his project.
Yawar conducted this health information outreach project as an internship offered through the ¡VIVA! (Vital Information for a Virtual Age) project. ¡VIVA! is a high school-based initiative in which students are trained to promote MedlinePlus to their classmates, teachers, families, and community members. It is a student organization led by librarians of the South Texas Independent School District, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funds the project.
He developed his presentation using health literacy materials available through the Medical Library Association and presented to three doctors and three PAs. He taught them seven steps for addressing low patient health literacy and introduced them to MedlinePlus.
Yawar incorporated elegantly simple evaluation techniques into his project. Right after the presentation, he asked participants to complete a short evaluation form, asking them how likely they were to use the steps and promote MedlinePlus to patients. They all responded positively, indicating good intentions.
Two weeks after the training, Yawar visited all of the health care providers to conduct brief semi-structured interviews. He asked if they had tried the steps and collected their feedback on the techniques. He also checked to see if they had promoted MedlinePlus to their patients. With some persistence, he was able to conduct a complete interview with each participant.
The feedback he received is of interest to anyone hoping to initiate health information outreach in partnership with primary care clinics, particularly in medically underserved areas:
- The majority of Yawar’s participants tried teach-back, open-ended questions, and other techniques with their patients; but they were conflicted because such techniques added time to patient appointments. This interfered with their ability to stick to their busy schedules.
- The health care providers were impressed with MedlinePlus, but they had convenient access to print materials from a database (Healthwise) that was integrated with the clinic’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Furthermore, it was easier to document that they were adhering to the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs when they got patient information from Healthwise.
- While the Healthwise database was more convenient for the providers, they recognized that the print information they were providing was limited. They believed their patients could get more comprehensive information from MedlinePlus, but the clinicians did not have a convenient way to promote the resource.
Their feedback prompted a speedy response. The project team secured MedlinePlus brochures from NLM that Yawar delivered to the clinics. The fix was relatively simple, but critical. The team may have never known about this necessary adjustment without Yawar’s elegantly simple evaluation.
Credit: Yawar and Cindy would like to thank ¡VIVA! project team members Lucy Hansen, Sara Reibman, and Ann Vickman, for their help on this project.
The ¡VIVA! project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-0007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.