April 2016 Newsletter
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April 2016 Newsletter
Featured Programs

Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response and
Protection for Healthcare Personnel – Awareness

April 25, 2016,
May 18, 2016 & 
June 17, 2016 
Boston & Milford, MA

This 3.5-hour course will provide individuals in a healthcare setting with a foundation in all-hazards basics. Through lecture and didactic discussion, participants will learn about recognizing a potential mass disaster incident and its corresponding threats. They will also learn to use the algorithm RAIN (Recognize, Avoid, Isolate, and Notify) to take initial defensive response actions against natural disasters, terrorism, and chemical, biological, explosive, and radiological agents. With its focus on healthcare personnel, the course will conclude by presenting material on the topics of victim management and personal protective equipment.

What Your PIO Wants You to Know

April 26, 2016 

What would you do if a reporter or media outlet called you at work, asking you to comment on your response to the latest Zika case in your town? How would you respond to a high ranking official demanding to know the condition of a child just brought to your hospital? Healthcare and public health employees are often seen as the first point of contact by the media, patients, and the general public looking for information when an incident emerges.

This one-hour webinar will prepare public health and healthcare officials to react appropriately should they be approached by the media, city or public health officials, or loved ones of patients. 

Flash Poll Results
Last month we asked you to answer the following poll question: “Assume you are newly designated to manage a hospital's emergency preparedness program. What is the one high priority process you would make sure was in place and working?”

From the many responses received, it became clear that the majority of you feel a top priority is having an up-to-date internal communications list. This list would include personnel names, phone numbers, pager numbers, and alternate methods for notifying staff of an emergency. The list would also include inter-agency contact information.

Next, you identified the need for updated training for your staff, specifically in the areas of incident command, triage, emerging infectious diseases (specifically Ebola and Zika Virus) and active shooter training.

Many respondents also noted the importance of establishing emergency plans, namely a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). 

Additional responses included:
  • The need for clear signage to help people exit buildings in instances of fire or other emergencies. 
  • A system for notifying police, fire, EMS and utility companies that patients are being relocated to safe designated areas.
  • A plan to reboot electricity in the case of a power outage, since many patients’ lives depend on access to electricity.
  • The necessity to train staff to identify the type of emergency, know who to notify of the emergency, and be aware of the resources needed to perform their particular job.
This Month in Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness

Respirator User Notices Issued by NIOSH 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has become aware of a counterfeit N95 Respirator on the market. The respirator can be identified by the misspelling of NIOSH on the front of the respirator, but do note that the TC number and private label holder (KOSTO) are valid. When purchasing respirators be sure to check the respirator approval markings or Certified Equipment List. NIOSH will post counterfeit respirators or those misrepresenting the NIOSH approval on the market here as they become aware. Additional information is available on the NIOSH Trusted Source Page.
FEMA Promising Practice: Establishing Disability Community Preparedness
This webinar recording, along with downloadable materials, demonstrates practices in the field that assist in the preparedness of people with disabilities. Presenters discuss the development of a statewide task force on emergency management, disability, and functional needs support services (FNSS) issues, including an FNSS toolkit. Additionally, the use of CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) Neighborhood Teams to assist local agencies in enhancing emergency preparedness at the neighborhood level is discussed. Click here to access the recording and materials, or go to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s page to access the FNSS toolkit directly.
Epi-Ready Workshop
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is offering a free in-person “EPI Ready” training on Wednesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the William A. Hinton State Lab Institute in Jamaica Plain. The Epi-Ready workshop will have a team-based approach focusing on how to efficiently and effectively respond to an outbreak by understanding the roles and responsibilities of the disciplines involved: Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Laboratory. 

This training has been approved for 14 continuing education units. Note that class size is limited and priority will be given to those agencies able to send a multi-disciplinary team (i.e. an epidemiologist/public health nurse, environmental health specialist, and laboratorian). You can read more and register for this free training here!

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Course Calendar
Boston MRC Orientation

May 4, 2016 &
June 16, 2016

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Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel - Awareness 

April 25, 2016,
May 18, 2016 &
June 17, 2016 

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Module II: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel - Operations

April 25, 2016,
May 18, 2016, &
June 17, 2016 

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Module III: Hospital Based Decontamination - Operations

May 25 - May 26, 2016
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What Your PIO Wants You To Know

April 26, 2016
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Continue Your Learning Online
Marathon-specific archived webinar: Marathon Use of the Emergency Tracking System (ETS)         
Marathon-specific archived webinar: Use of the City of Boston WebEOC for ESF #8
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
Boston Emergency Medical Services Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-343-1370
Fax: 617-343-1121

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