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Call for Public Comments: 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy The Office of the

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is requesting public comments on a draft of the 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The purpose of the 2015-2018 NHSS is to provide strategic direction for health security system in the United States over the next four years. The draft contains a vision, goal, guiding principles, strategic objectives, priorities, and implementation activities to enhance national health security. The Implementation Plan (IP) will guide the Nation and facilitate coordination among stakeholders.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

NYAM’s Grey Literature Report

The New York Academy of Medicine’s newest Grey Literature Report has been published. There are 239 new records.

You can find it at:

This report’s main focus is on Disaster Preparedness.

We hope you will find the database useful! If you have a topic that you would like to see covered in the report please email us. We welcome your input and suggestions.

The Grey Literature Team

Danielle Aloia, MSLS

Special Projects Librarian

The New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10029

Tel. (212) 822-7323

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Teaching REMM to First Responders

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Kelli Hamm, Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific South Region (NN/LM PSR) recently had the opportunity to introduce REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) to a group of first responders based in Lake County, California. This blog post by Kelli reviews her experience.

MAR Will Be Out of the Office, Attending MLA

Friday, May 9th, 2014

All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 15th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!

Fostering Resilience in Disaster Health Responders

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Join the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health’s engagement with National Mental Health Awareness month by attending our May webinar on mental health resiliency in the disaster health workforce, “Fostering Resilience in Disaster Health Responders.”

Date: May 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM ET


Elizabeth Brasington
Communications & Administrative Assistant, HJF
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

UPDATE: Tracking the News: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Friday, May 9th, 2014

MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) is back in the U.S. news because one case has been identified in Indiana in a traveler recently returned from Saudi Arabia. A year ago this month, we sent out our first message on MERS-CoV. Here is an update of key resources for finding MERS-CoV news and background materials.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) comprehensive home page on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): Scroll down for “Updates.”

CDC Travel Health Notices: MERS in the Arabian Peninsula:

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota:

HealthMap Click on  “___ alerts for Alerts from past week,” select “Search” tab, click “Diseases,” click “Choose diseases” and scroll to “MERS.” You can also sign up for email alerts.

ProMED-mail (from the International Society for Infectious Diseases) is posting frequent updates:

WHO Coronavirus Infections updates:

Twitter: The most commonly used (in order of use) hashtags are #MERS, #MERSCoV, and #coronavirus

Twitter accounts to follow: @WHO, @CDCgov, @CDCtravel, @ECDC_EU, @PHE_uk, @healthmap


WHO home page on Coronavirus Infections:

In CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Sept 27, 2013: This is the most recent MMWR article.

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) offers slides, webcast, audio and transcript of this June 13, 2013 presentation:

MERS-CoV: Significant Potential for Public Health Emergency

This May 2013 document remains in effect. HHS Secretary determined that “there is a significant potential for a public healt­­­­h emergency that has a significant potential to affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad and that involves Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).” This determination allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin use of in-vitro diagnostics for detection of MERS-CoV:

To learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations, see:

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean home page on Surveillance, Forecasting and Response: Outbreaks:

WHO Regional Office for Europe home page on Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV):

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control home page on Coronavirus Infections, with a link to “News and epidemiological updates”:

Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health includes more than 50 documents:

Note to PubMed searchers: CORONAVIRUS and CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS are the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) most often used to describe MERS-CoV articles. Many MERS-CoV articles are recent and not yet indexed, so search by textwords as well as by MeSH.

Funding Information Session: Disaster Health Info Outreach & Collaboration Project 2014

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering 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 a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

An open information session will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. Log in via Adobe Connect and/or dial in (see login information below) to learn about this opportunity and ask questions about the solicitation and its requirements. A member of the NLM Contracts and Acquisition team will be on the call to address questions. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit

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Tornado Resources for Children, Teens, and Families

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when tornadoes are playing havoc across large portions of the US.  NCTSN has pulled together their resources on talking with children and teens about the aftermath of a tornado.  These resources can be found on our home page in the “What’s New Box.”   I hope you all have fared well during this most recent outbreak of tornadoes and storms.

Cathryn Chiesa, MLS
Resource Librarian
UCLA-Duke University Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Leading the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
411 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 200
Durham, NC  27701

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Community Paramedicine encourages EMTs and paramedics to serve in expanded roles to connect underutilized resources to underserved populations. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool enables communities to assess current programs and plan for future development. See more tools and resources at:

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Disaster Strikes! Does Your House of Worship Have a Plan?

The Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships, in cooperation with Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Delaware Citizen Corps, presents a free

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Faith Leaders

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Lunch, 11:30 am to Noon
  • Workshop, Noon – 3 pm

Delaware Emergency Management Agency

165 Brick Store Landing Road, Smyrna, DE 19977

  • Is your house of worship prepared for a natural or manmade disaster?
  • Are your members ready for the next hurricane, flood, or snowstorm?
  • Would you like to learn more about assisting your neighbors in times of crisis?
  • Tour the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Operations Center.
  • Learn about preparing your house of worship and members of your faith community for disasters.
  • Connect with other full-time and lay faith leaders and discover service partnerships.
  • Learn about free training opportunities.

The luncheon and workshop are free, but seating is limited and registration is required by June 1st. To register, please call Flora at (302) 633-4825 or email

The Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships was created by Governor Jack Markell, through executive order, in January 2012. Council members serve as interfaith volunteers and the Council operates without funding. The Council partners with government agencies and non-profit groups to address community needs. Currently, the following faiths are represented on the Council: African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Latter-day Saints (Mormon), Muslim, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic.