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New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov:

http://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c681c3181b5fa1c831b46e6e9f465442

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, Disaster Lit™ and other resources.

Packing Your “Digital Go-Bag:” Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Presenter:           Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Online

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=829

Summary:  There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.  Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations.  In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy.  1.5 MLA CEs

National Library of Medicine Launches TOXinvaders Game

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

Webinar: Digital Humanitarians

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  Digital Humanitarians

Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick and his work at http://irevolution.net/bio.

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, April 9, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.

A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907

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If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2015

This one-hour presentation features speakers who discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness, as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.

http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ID%3A10356&search=Search&search.x=0&search.y=0

Webinar: Explore the New National Preparedness Training Plan

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 2:00 PM (EST)

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Learning Office (OPHPR LO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This webinar will introduce frontline public health workers to the high-quality, current trainings that have been assigned one or more of the Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Core Competencies and/or the Public Health Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities, and focus on the creation of a national emergency preparedness training plan around these competencies using TRAIN. TRAIN is a learning management system offered as a free service of Public Health Foundation and operates through collaborative partnerships with state and federal agencies, local and national organizations, and educational institutions.

http://www.phf.org/events/Pages/Training_for_Results_Preparedness_and_Emergency_Response_Core_Competency_Based_Training.aspx

Register on TRAIN: https://cdc.train.org/DesktopModules/eLearning/CourseDetails/CourseDetailsForm.aspx?tabid=62&CourseID=1054874&backURL=aHR0cHM6Ly9jZGMudHJhaW4ub3JnL0Rlc2t0b3BTaGVsbC5hc3B4

Planning to Attend MLA 2015? Stop by to Hear One of Our Members!

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

We are delighted to announce that one of our Network members will be at the NLM booth at MLA. Claire Joseph of Jules Redish Memorial Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY, will be telling her story about the MLA Disaster Information Specialization. We hope you drop by.

Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

The Western Region and Central New York Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition would like to invite you to the 2015 Health Coalition Emergency Management Workshop scheduled on May 5, 2015 in Farmington, NY.  The workshop focus is “Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals.”

2015 Health Coalition Emergency Management Workshop: Trauma REACH
Trauma Management for Rural EMS and Community Hospitals
DATE: May 5, 2015 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
LOCATION: Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack’s Meeting and Conference Center, Farmington, NY
REGISTRATION FEE: $45.00 (includes access to all sessions, certificates, continental breakfast, lunch & breaks)
REGISTER BY: April 20, 2015
Workshop Details & Registration: https://2015t-reach.eventbrite.com
WORKSHOP AGENDA (timeline speakers and topics subject to change)

The overarching goal of the annual Health Emergency Management Workshop is to better prepare hospital and non-hospital response partners in planning, mitigating, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters that impact the delivery of health care in a community or impact the environment of care for responders. The focus of the 2015 Workshop is Trauma Management for Rural EMS And Community Hospitals (T-REACH). The goal of the workshop is to enhance knowledge in the management of multi-injured patients and to understand the importance of working as a team of professionals in caring for patients with life-threatening traumatic injuries in the rural EMS setting and community hospitals. Relevant information and stimulated discussions will focus on best practices in the management of trauma/disaster patients.

At this workshop you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the New York State trauma system and the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT’s) verification process for NYS
  • Define the “golden period” in trauma care and how transport measures (helicopter and ground transport) are an integral part of the regional trauma system
  • Recognize priorities and protocol shifts in the initial assessment, transport and management of suspected spinal injuries
  • Distinguish characteristics of the pediatric trauma patient
  • Understand preparation needed to respond to Amish or Mennonite scenes and how to interact with “Old Order” communities
  • Appreciate the impact of a natural disaster on the healthcare community through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned from Snowvember 2014
  • Identify regional trauma center resources for continued outreach opportunities

Presented by:

  • Erie County Medical Center – Western New York Regional Trauma Center
  • University of Rochester Medical Center – Kessler Trauma Center
  • Upstate University Hospital – Central New York Regional Trauma Center

Sponsored by:

  • University of Rochester Medical Center – Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
  • New York State Department of Health – Western Region Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition
  • Central New York Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition

In Partnership With: New York State Committee on Trauma

MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.

What is Big (Crisis) Data?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Save the Date! NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their April 9th webinar from Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi.  Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing.  More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html