January 2016 Newsletter
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January 2016 Newsletter
Featured Programs

Mapping Your Community: Social Determinants that Influence Emergency Preparedness

February 11, 2016
Boston, MA

This course will provide an overview of the social determinants of health and vulnerability that influence differences in health status throughout Boston neighborhoods and shape health outcomes after emergencies. Participants will learn how health inequities amongst communities lead to a disproportionate exposure and impact from emergencies.

How to Start a Respiratory Protection Program

March 3, 2016

This webinar will present the elements of a respiratory protection program (RPP) and how to access resources to assist in developing and maintaining the program. Participants will receive basic knowledge in the selection of respiratory protection equipment, how to perform respiratory fit testing, and how to write and administer the program. 

This Month in Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) developed this guide primarily for preparedness directors, and recently amended it on October 30, 2015 to include hospital preparedness program coordinators. This guide highlights national preparedness efforts, ASTHO resources and activities, and several methods of information sharing. Input from seasoned preparedness directors ensures that the most relevant and critical information is included, with hopes that it will be a valuable resource for individuals who are new to the field, and a handy reference for those who are already familiar with these programs. Click here to download the resource guide.

WISQARS Mobile: Injury Data Anywhere, Anytime

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury data from a variety of resources on-the-go. WISQARS spotlights four preventable public health problems and provides researchers, policy makers and the media with a wealth of data on unintentional injuries, homicides and suicides by state-level rates. The WISQARS App also displays interactive graphs and charts of death counts and rates by cause of injury, death, sex, race/ethnicity and age groups. WISQARS is available to download free for IPhones, IPads, Android phones and Android tablets. Click here to learn more, and to download the free WISQUARS App. 


Privacy in Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response

The collection, use, and international sharing of biospecimens from the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in Western Africa is critical for understanding disease, developing diagnostic and therapeutic agents, and translating research into clinical care. However, sharing biospecimens raises concerns about how best to protect the privacy of those whose biospecimens are shared. This module from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues serves as a resource for understanding privacy concerns and describing ethical principles applicable to the collection, use, and sharing of biospecimens. Take the module here!
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Course Calendar
 Boston MRC Orientation MDPH ESF-8 Public Health & Medical
Boston MRC Orientation

January 27, 2016
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How to Start a Respiratory Protection Program 

March 3, 2016
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Mapping Your Community: Social Determinants of Health

February 11, 2016
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Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response & Protection for Healthcare Personnel - Awareness
MDPH ESF-8 Public Health and Medical 

January 28, 2016


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

February 29, 2016
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Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel  - Awareness Webinar Series

April 5 & 7, 2016

Operationalizing Emergency Plans: Incident Command in Action

February 9, 2016
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Continue Your Learning Online
Community Preparedness Basics: Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.
Visit our course catalog to access online training 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
Boston Emergency Medical Services Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-343-1370
Fax: 617-343-1121

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