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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.

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program Webinar

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (New England Region) is sponsoring a webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to provide an overview of free evidence-based research summaries designed to provide information about treatment options for various conditions.

The summaries are part of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, the leading Federal effort to compare treatments for health conditions and make findings public. The program provides evidence-based information about the comparative benefits and risks of treatments that helps doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others work with patients to make more informed treatment decisions.

For instance, the clinician summary Effectiveness of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adults with Hypertension, reviews clinical evidence comparing the effectiveness and safety of self measured blood pressure.

Companion patient summaries include, Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home: A Review of the Research for Adults and “ACE Inhibitors” and “ARBs” To Protect Your Heart, and many more. All summaries are based on a systematic review of the literature by the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science.

You can download copies of the all clinician and patient summaries from the AHRQ Web site. The clinician and patient resources, including free Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) courses are available at: Free bulk copies of the summaries can be ordered by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800–358–9295; use code C-02.

In addition to this, AHRQ offers other free resources for clinicians on the AHRQ Web site.
• Continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE)
• Webcasts, Web conferences, and downloadable presentations

For more information about AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program, visit or you can contact the AHRQ Regional Office Lead, Tara Schuh at or 212.880.5209 with any questions.

Please join us for the webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM. Check out the NN/LM NER Training Calendar to register for this and other upcoming programs.

Creating an Effective Health Handout

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Hello All, Thank you to all who attended the “Creating an Effective Health Handout” webinar on Oct. 10, 2012. I hope I was able to provide you with a few useful tips and ideas to get you started developing your own plain language handouts. If you were unable to attend, here is the link to the recording:

Here are some of the resources I included in my presentation:

  • Lipton, Ronnie. (2005). The practical guide to information design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (a book focusing on communicating effectively through graphic design)

At our next session on December 12, 2012, attendees are welcome to share handouts they have made for people with low literacy. If you plan to submit a handout, get it to Michelle Eberle by Dec. 3.

Let Michelle know ASAP if you would like to be paired up with a partner to work on a handout. One idea could be to take the hand hygiene handout found here and redesign it using the principles of plain language and clear document design.

Please e-mail me at if you have any questions about concepts discussed during the presentation.

As someone asked during the program about Sue Stableford’s Summer Health Literacy Institute, here is the link. I am told the information about the 2013 session will be posted in a week or two.

Good luck with your handouts. See you Dec. 12.

Deborah A. Clark, MLIS, AHIP
Librarian, Stephens Memorial Hospital
Norway, Maine

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