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Webinar Series: Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance

Friday, April 4th, 2014

*** Webinar Series: Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance***

Thursday, April 24th, 2:00-3:00pm ET: Outbreaks

Thursday, June 5th, 2:00-3:00pm ET: Prioritizing Your Biosurveillance Enhancements

This webinar series brings to light key findings of a 2012-13 North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center project and report on enhancing biosurveillance practice for situational awareness during a public health emergency.  Webinar series: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/biosurv-webinar/

Report: Improving Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening Biosurveillance Systems for Enhanced Situational Awareness: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/nciph-biosurv-sys-rpt/

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.

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine Health Care Workforce COI

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest is offering a webinar next week. Please see the details below:

REGISTER HERE: http://nnlm.gov/ner/training/register.html?schedule_id=2807

TITLE: Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  2:00-3:00. Online.

INSTRUCTORS: Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

Meredith Solomon, MLS.  Education and Outreach Coordinator.  National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

DESCRIPTION:  This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal, PHPartners.org, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resource available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center.  These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

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