July 2015 Newsletter
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July 2015 Newsletter
Flash Poll Results: Favorite Resources
Last month we asked you to share your favorite resources for keeping up to date on best practices related to public health and healthcare preparedness. In addition to listing our own Learning Center and newsletter, survey respondents recommended a number of useful websites, newsletters, magazines and journals. Check them out today and bookmark your favorites.

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Featured Programs
Incident Management for Hospitals

Incident Management for HospitalsThis interactive course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), as well as additional incident management concepts for healthcare organizations.

What are people saying about this course?
“The most valuable part of this course was the scenarios and thought processes of the individuals assigned to roles.”

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) Planning: Awareness
HVAThis online course provides an overview of how to implement a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) process in a healthcare organization, including identifying hazards, and defining the potential impact and vulnerability associated with each hazard.

What are people saying about this course?
“I will have the Emergency Management Workgroup enroll and take the course prior to the next HVA.”

Upcoming Courses
Online Learning
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Other News and Updates

New One-Stop Shop for Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information

ASPR TRACIE is a healthcare emergency preparedness information gateway that ensures that all stakeholders — at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government levels; in nongovernmental organizations; and in the private sector—have access to information and resources to improve preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. The site, launched on June 15, 2015, provides Technical Resources, an Assistance Center, and an Information Exchange. Learn more on the fact sheet or go to the site to register now.

Issue Brief: MERS-CoV and Other Emerging Infections

Trust for America's HealthTrust for America's Health has published an issue brief that recommends key actions to prepare public health and healthcare systems in the U.S. for MERS and other emerging infections.

Health Impacts of Climate Change

Lancet Commission on Health & ClimateOn June 23, the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change published a report mapping out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. The report was compiled by a panel of specialists, including international climate scientists and geographers, social, environmental and energy scientists, biodiversity experts and health professionals. The central finding is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century; a co-author of the report referred to climate change as a medical emergency. The report can be read online, as well as summarized in video format.

EPASimilarly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report titled Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. This report summarizes results from the Climate Change Impacts and Risks Analysis (CIRA) project, a peer-reviewed study comparing impacts in a future with significant global action on climate change to a future in which current greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. The full EPA report can be found here, including summarizing the benefits of climate action on the health-related issues of air quality, extreme temperature, labor, and water quality. 


Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Ambulatory Settings

EPAThe Joint Commission provides a free online course: Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Ambulatory Settings. This two-hour course can help staff learn how to effectively respond to an influenza pandemic by developing a preparedness and response plan following a four-step guide. Click here to learn more.

First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents

First Responder GuideThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released new multi-disciplinary first responder guidance, based upon evidence-based response strategies from the U.S. military and incorporating civilian best practices and lessons learned. Recommendations fall into three general categories: hemorrhage control, protective equipment, and response and incident management. Click here to read the full report.
The DelValle Institute has great partners in emergency preparedness trainings for public health and healthcare providers in Massachusetts, including: 
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Boston Emergency Medical Services Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-343-1370
Fax: 617-343-1121

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