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Archive for July, 2013

Disaster related webinars

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Here is a list of disaster related webinars being offered from organizations such as CDC and the Brookings Institution:

***MERS-CoV: Infection Prevention and Control***

UL Workplace Health and Safety

July 11, 2013

Noon – 1pm CT

During this complimentary UL Workplace Health and Safety webinar, John Howard, M.D., J.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide an update on the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and provide guidance for healthcare providers and employers on workplace infection prevention and control practices.

***Prevention and Treatment of Injuries following Hurricanes and Tornadoes***

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach Communication Activity

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Dial In Number: 888-324-7179

Passcode: 2434519

Injuries following tornadoes and hurricanes result in significant morbidity and mortality. Both CDC and State Health Departments play important roles in providing assistance in disaster preparedness and response, including pre-hospital transport decision making, injury surveillance, and emergency risk communication. Following hurricanes and tornadoes, it is critical to have alternative treatment sites, appropriate wound management, injury data collection, and health messaging to reduce injuries. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss the current state of science and epidemiology and state level response, with specific examples from Florida.

 

***Event and Live Webcast: Mobile Technology’s Role in Natural Disasters and Public Safety Preparedness and Response***

Brookings Institution

July 16, 2013

2:00-3:30 pm ET

The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a discussion on mobile technology and its evolving role in disaster and public safety. A panel of experts will discuss how mobile devices aid in planning for and reacting to a crisis, and how do they empower emergency management agencies and officials, first responders, and the public to tackle a variety of natural disasters and security crises.  After the program, panelists will take audience questions.  This event will be live webcast. Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TechCTI

Register to attend in-person or via webcast.

***Building Resilience Against Climate Change: Climate-Ready States***

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

July 17, 2013

2:00 pm ET

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a framework that supports health departments in incorporating advanced climate models into health department planning and response activities. The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five step process that enables a health department to anticipate the change in disease rates linked to the changing climate and associated environmental conditions. This second webinar in this two-part series will showcase the efforts of two state health departments and how they used the BRACE Framework to address climate- and weather-related health issues in their states.

***Understanding the Public’s Response to a Possible Scenario Involving Inhalation Anthrax***

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach Communication Activity

Thursday, July 23, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Dial In Number: 888-233-9077

Passcode: 8674163

In planning an effective response to a bioterrorism incident, it is critical to understand and anticipate the public’s viewpoint, their perceptions of the threat and their intended behaviors. This includes their likelihood of taking recommended precautions and their likelihood of taking matters into their own hands. During this webinar, subject matter experts will discuss results from public opinion polls conducted between December 2012 to January 2013, which assessed how people would respond to a possible release of anthrax spores in an unidentified area.

Health Literacy and Culture

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) adds information about culture to its Health Literacy resource.

The NN/LM has added content to its Health Literacy resource to include information about culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy Web-based resource at the NN/LM and determined that the resource would benefit from addressing the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.

Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy Web page with content about health literacy in a cultural context, users of the page, and end users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they are serving.

By adding content related to culture and how culture impacts health, the resource raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy.

For more information on culture and health literacy, visit:

Circulating Now, A New Blog from the NLM’s History of Medicine Division

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.

Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.

Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on the NLM’s historical collections and associated others to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James A. Garfield.

Visit Circulating Now at:

http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/

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