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.
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.
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