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Webinar: Response and Recovery during an Environmental Disaster: Learning from the Elk River Chemical Spill

Friday, April 4th, 2014

National Association of County and City Health (NACCHO); American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Tuesday, April 22nd , 2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

On January 9th, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and an unknown amount of polyglycol ether (PPH), into the Elk River in West Virginia, leaving nearly 300,000 residents from nine counties without drinking water. The response to this event required the coordination of many organizations at the local, state, and federal level.  This webinar will explore the roles of local public health, poison control, and public health laboratory officials in the response; to reflect on the challenges, systems, and practices that led to the incident; and discuss ways to improve upon future responses and prevent similar incidents from occurring.

Speakers in this webinar will include: Dr. Rahul Gupta, Health Officer and Executive Director, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department; Martha A. McElfresh, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Laboratory Services, CT Coordinator Threat Preparedness and Response Section; and Elizabeth Scharman, Managing Director, West Virginia Poison Control Center

http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/wvspill/event/registration.html

Just a reminder that the National Library of Medicine created a record for MCHM in the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) in response to this spill.  The March 13, 2014 Disaster Information Specialist Program Call on accessing information on chemicals and chemical hazards included a discussion of the process involved in the development of HSDB record.

HSDB Record: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+8182

Recording and Slides from March 13 DIS call http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The journal “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” is publishing a special issue in 2014 on the role of communication in public health preparedness measures and response to pandemics, with particular reference to infectious disease outbreaks. Topics include: crisis preparedness framework, tools for outbreak communication, information management and access, mass media/social media, and more.

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Full instructions on how to prepare a submission can be viewed at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dmp

Please contact dmphpjournal@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding submission.

The aftermath: coping with disasters

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A common thread in many disaster incidents is the immediate and long-term impact on the emotional well-being of survivors and disaster responders. From a mental health perspective there are many potential responses, including PTSD. Children, teens and adults may have very different reactions to trauma and express their reactions in different ways.

Anniversaries of events such as the West, TX explosion, Boston Marathon bombing and the May 2013 tornadoes are often accompanied by extensive media coverage and can re-trigger strong reactions. Individual grief and loss can linger for years at the same time communities may be celebrating their resilience and ability to commemorate and re-build.

This email is a reminder that NLM and others collect or provide many resources for information on disaster-related mental health issues. Of course, online health information is only one small piece of the range of services that must also include local, in-person medical care, counseling, support groups, comfort and security, and strategies for recovery.

For those who are suffering whether from recent events, last year or from long ago, our thoughts are with you.

–DIMRC staff

Disaster Distress Helpline

From the National Library of Medicine:

Topics from MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) for the general public:

MedlinePlus en español

Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages: Psychological Health Tools
http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html#a1

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
cindy_love@nlm.nih.gov

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program is seeking organizational applications! Please distribute this notice to organizations who could benefit from a Sewell fellow.

The program places experienced librarians and information professionals within leading health care or research organizations in order for both partners to gain a better  understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment. The Fund believes that this experience will facilitate a bridging of cultures resulting in a more creative and effective application of information science in the health care arena.

Host organizations will present a learning environment, a series of activities, and access to organizational leaders which will allow the librarian to more fully understand the nature of the organization’s work, its decision-making processes, the clients served and the health care issues addressed. The librarian will participate in team settings designed to utilize the librarian’s skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways. Immersion is the goal and expanded knowledge the anticipated result for both partners.  To read about past Learning Partnerships, click http://www.sewellfund.org/2014CompletedLearningPartnerships.htm.

The Sewell Fund support covers salary and incidental expenses for twelve-month Learning Partnership fellowships. The deadline for applications from organizations to host fellows is April 15, 2014.

This includes organizations with emergency and disaster responsibilities. In 2012-13, the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the Division of Out-of-Hospital Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the MESH Coalition jointly hosted Kacy Allgood, who became known as the “Ambulance Riding Librarian.” See Kacy’s recorded presentation for the Disaster Information Specialist Program on April 11, 2013, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewellfund
Sewell website: http://www.sewellfund.org/2014LearningPartnershipsHosts.htm

 

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