The United Nations International Telecommunication Union has released the “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App. The app offers access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola. It also facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis through a password protected feature that allows users to store and share useful contact information and participate in a discussion forum.
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MAR invites applications for our next round of funding opportunities which are due March 13, 2015. Funding is designed to support our network members, as well as to encourage outreach activities aligned with the NN/LM mission to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve the public’s access to information so they can make informed decisions about their health.
Libraries, information centers, health centers, community- and faith-based organizations, and others providing health information services are encouraged to apply for a variety of awards that:
- improve health information services
- increase awareness and access to biomedical information
- educate and empower consumers to make informed decisions about their health
- prepare librarians and staff to meet the needs and challenges of the changing healthcare environment
To coincide with this new round of funding, MAR has teamed up with Outreach and Evaluation expert, Cindy Olney, from the NN/LM Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) to offer a 4-part webinar series, eligible for up to 8 MLA CEs.
Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service. You will learn how assessment and evaluation can be effective tools for project planning and proposal writing. Assessment enables you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project. It also helps you build relationships with potential partners. Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal. This class will elaborate on information contained in the OERC Planning and Evaluation booklets.
- Webinar 1: January 12: Noon-1:00 pm
Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project
- Webinar 2: January 14: Noon-1:00 pm
Gather information about your target audience that is most effective for planning your project
- Webinar 3: January 26: Noon-1:00 pm
Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results
- Webinar 4: January 28: Noon-1:00 pm
Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full project proposal
These classes will be followed by a special 2-hour Grants and Proposal Writing course, offered online February 2nd / 10 am – Noon.
These classes will focus special attention on applications for MAR funding. However, information presented is relevant to many types of outreach and project proposals.
- Register for Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan
- Register for Grants and Proposal Writing
- Submit your applications for MAR funding by March 13, 2014
TOXNET is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/. TOXNET includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) which provides toxicity data for over 5,700 potentially hazardous chemicals. HSDB also has information on emergency handling procedures, industrial hygiene, environmental fate, human exposure, detection methods, and regulatory requirements. HSDB is one of the features of WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/.
Permanent links to National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET records are now provided for HSDB as well as TOXLINE, LactMed, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database (DART), Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER), Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS), and GENE-TOX.
To create a permanent link, click on the “Permalink” button found in the upper right of a TOXNET record. This provides a pop-up window with a URL to share or to save for retrieving the record at a later time.
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are pleased to share with you a new report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014. The report finds the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation’s ability to manage severe infectious disease threats.
Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic improvements in state and local capacity to respond to outbreaks and emergencies. But we also saw during the recent Ebola outbreak that some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested. Some key findings from the report include progress and gaps in the areas of:
Preparing for Emerging Threats: Significant advances have been made in preparing for public health emergencies since the September 11, 2001 and subsequent anthrax attacks, but gaps remain and have been exacerbated as resources have been cut over time.
Vaccinations: More than 2 million preschoolers, 35 percent of seniors and a majority of adults do not receive all recommended vaccinations.
Healthcare-Associated Infections: While healthcare-associated infections have declined in recent years due to stronger prevention policies, around one out of every 25 people who are hospitalized each year still contracts a healthcare-associated infection.
Sexually Transmitted Infections and Related Disease Treatment and Prevention: The number of new HIV infections grew by 22 percent among young gay men, and 48 percent among young Black men (between 2008 and 2010); more than one-third of gonorrhea cases are now antibiotic-resistant; and nearly three million Baby Boomers are infected with hepatitis C, the majority of whom do not know they have it.
Food Safety: Around 48 million Americans suffer from a foodborne illness each year.
The Outbreaks report recommends that it is time to rethink and modernize the health system to better match existing and emerging global disease threats. Priority improvements should include:
Core Abilities: Every state should be able to meet a set of core capabilities and there must be sufficient, sustained funding to support these capabilities. Some basic capabilities include: investigative expertise, including surveillance systems that can identify and track threats and communicate across the health system and strong laboratory capacity; containment strategies, including vaccines and medicines; continued training and testing for hospitals and health departments for infection control and emergency preparedness; risk communications capabilities that inform the public without creating unnecessary fear; and maintaining a strong research capacity to develop new vaccines and medical treatments.
Healthcare and Public Health Integration: Systems must be improved so the healthcare system, hospitals and public health agencies work better together toward the common goals of protecting patients, healthcare workers and the public; and
Leadership and Accountability: Stronger leadership is needed for a government-wide approach to health threats at the federal, state and local levels, and there must be increased support for integration and flexibility of programs in exchange for demonstration of capabilities and accountability.
The full report and state-by-state materials are available on TFAH’s website at www.healthyamericans.org and on RWJF’s website at www.rwjf.org. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a briefing on the report, please contact TFAH’s Senior Government Relations Manager, Dara Lieberman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-864-5942.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
January 19, 2015
Two weeks / 6 hours per week
This two-week asynchronous free interdisciplinary course looks at the science behind the Ebola outbreak to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled. This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organization; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with a keen interest in the science behind Ebola.
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal continues to provide free access to all articles in the Ebola special issue. The journal is still receiving papers, which will be published as soon as possible after review. Intending authors can submit their manuscripts online. A print version will be made available in Spring 2015.
Here’s the Top 100 Altmetrics List for 2014 – the 100 papers with the highest scores as calculated by Altmetrics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 hospitals have been designated by state health officials as Ebola treatment centers that are prepared, trained, and ready to provide care for a patient with Ebola. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guidance document that serves as an overarching framework for three other specific CDC guidance documents. These will assist state and local health departments, acute care hospitals, and other emergency care settings (including urgent care clinics) develop preparedness plans for patients with possible Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). You can find these documents and others from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and others working in the Ebola response efforts in the National Library of Medicine Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
For more details on the announcement:
- Interim Guidance for U.S. Hospital Preparedness for Patients with Possible or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease: A Framework for a Tiered Approach http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/us-hospital-preparedness.html
The following updates and changes were announced in November, 2014, for the National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website:
- Initial Actions for Responders after Nuclear Detonation: First Receivers: Emergency Department Staff and First Responders: Emergency Medical Service Staff.
- Multimedia: many new videos and graphics including 13 new teaching videos from DOE / Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) available on the REMM web site and REMM YouTube channel. Also links to various new CDC teaching materials, such as Videos: Radiation Basics Made Simple.
- Protective Actions and Protective Action Guides: page redone with re-organized information and tables. EPA PAG Manual Interim Guidance included.
- Burn Triage and Treatment: Thermal Injuries includes links to new references for managing burns in mass casualty incidents with austere conditions.
- Legal Advisors for Medical Response to Mass Casualty Incident: new references and 2 new sections including assessment of state and local laws regarding management of persons during radiation incidents including legal authority to decontaminate and quarantine (CDC and partners).
- Nuclear Detonation: Weapons, Improvised Nuclear Devices Key References entire list re-organized and updated, including Medical Issues: Planning and Response Practical Guidance and updated Blast injury references.
- Dictionary of Radiation Terms: 2 new key references, NCRP Glossary of Radiation Terms and NCRP Acronyms List.
- Biodosimetry References updated and re-organized.
- Software Tools for Radiation Incident Response includes additional applications listed for biodosimetry, managing incidents, and recording radiation levels.
- Incident Command System and Hospital (Emergency) Incident Command System page re-organized with links to HICS, Fifth edition, 2014, expanded to meet the needs of all hospitals, regardless of their size, location or patient care capabilities.
- Mental Health Professionals now includes updated references on Psychological First Aid.
Friday, December 12th, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm ET
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are co-sponsoring a workshop, entitled “Immunology of Protection from Ebola Virus Infection.” The purpose of this workshop is to discuss important aspects of Ebola virus and vaccine immunology in order to inform future clinical, scientific and regulatory decision-making related to vaccines against Ebola. The in-person workshop registration is closed, but the webcast is open to all.
View Webcast: http://videocast.nih.gov/default.asp