August 2018 Newsletter
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August 2018 Newsletter
New Learning Center Coming Soon
We've been taking advantage of the slow summer months to work furiously on a major upgrade to our Learning Center, and we know you'll be pleased! Our Learning Center provides online access to all of our learning content including course registration, student materials, and certificates. This upgrade will make the Learning Center easier to navigate, better suited for use on your mobile devices, and allow much more interaction with our instructors.

If you have a Learning Center account, you'll receive more detailed information before we launch the new and improved platform.

Spotlighted Online Trainings

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Planning: Awareness

This newly updated, one-hour online course provides an overview of the continuity of operations planning (COOP) process and synthesizes what can be complex material into a framework that is more readily recognizable and actionable. By the end of the course participants will gain an overview of COOP planning and its relationship to the emergency management cycle, the manner in which COOP planning can support the continuation of essential functions, and the range of COOP resources and templates.  
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Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Awareness

This online course, updated in June 2018, provides an overview of how to implement a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) process in a healthcare organization. An HVA is a process for identifying natural and man-made hazards, the impacts, and mitigation efforts associated with each hazard. The course is based on Joint Commission standards, federal guidance, and best practices using the Kaiser Permanente Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment Tool as a model.
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Featured Career Opportunity

The Office of Public Health Preparedness is Hiring! 

The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) is looking for an experienced candidate to contribute to our work of enhancing community, public health, and healthcare system resilience in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that impact the health of the public. 

The Senior Program Manager, Healthcare System Preparedness is responsible for overseeing program and project management for the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, the City of Boston’s Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC). If you or anyone you know is qualified for this position, click here to visit the Boston Public Health Commission’s career page to apply.
This Month in Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness

National Health Center Week

This week is National Health Center Week (August 12-18), the annual celebration of the important role of America's health centers. Health centers serve 27 million patients nationwide, and play a particularly important role in emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

We here at the Office of Public Health Preparedness would like to thank health centers across Massachusetts for the important work they do. This includes 52 community health center organizations with over 300 total access sites.  The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is playing a large role in celebrating this week; check out the NHCW events calendar for a listing of activities happening in the remainder of this week.

2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report

FEMA released the official 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report in mid-July, which examines the agency's performance during last year's record breaking hurricane season. The report identifies 18 key findings across five focus areas and offers targeted recommendations for improvements.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused a combined $265 billion in damages which ranks among the costliest hurricane seasons on record. Many of the findings from this report align with FEMA's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan to implement long-term goals to build a more prepared and resilient nation. 
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Course Calendar
There are currently no scheduled courses.  Stay tuned for more courses to be posted in next month's newsletter.    
Continue Your Learning Online
Visit our course catalog to access online trainings, our Archived Webinars page to access a list of our webinar recordings and our knowledge base to browse additional resources.
The DelValle Institute has great partners in emergency preparedness trainings for public health and healthcare providers in Massachusetts, including: 
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-343-1370
Fax: 617-343-1121

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