September 2018 Newsletter
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September 2018 Newsletter
Save the Date: Recovery Planning for Public Health and Healthcare Organizations
We are excited to announce our next delivery of Recovery Planning for Public Health and Healthcare Organizations. This four-week, fully online course will guide learners through guidance and best practices for long-term recovery planning, with opportunities for group discussion and planning with peers throughout Massachusetts. The course will take place November 26 - December 21 with live online sessions each Thursday at 11 am EST.  Stay tuned, registration opens soon. 
Spotlighted Online Trainings

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities

Boston, MA
October 31, 2018
This 4-hour course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Fifth Edition. Through practical scenarios and interactive discussions, students will learn the benefits of HICS and its application in a healthcare environment, including adaptations for community health centers and other healthcare settings. The course reviews the basics of the HICS organizational structure and incorporates best practices related to use of HICS forms and incident management. 
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FEMA L-550 Continuity of Operations Planner's Workshop

Foxborough, MA
November 7 & 8, 2018
This FEMA COOP Planner's Workshop provides training for program managers at the Federal, State, Local and Tribal levels. COOP plans facilitate the performance of essential functions during any situation which may disrupt normal operations. This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to further develop and improve the overall quality and workability of COOP plans. This course is targeted for an audience of healthcare risk managers, emergency managers and healthcare coalition partners.  
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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

Celebrating National Preparedness Month

This year, as with every year, the Office of Public Health Preparedness is celebrating National Preparedness Month. Here’s a round-up of activities from us and our partners.
Our ongoing activities in Boston include:
  • Building capacity of BPHC as a whole to serve our city when emergencies impact health:
    • Conducting a drill with 36 BPHC Program Directors on critical decision-making and Incident Assessment and Planning for a local train crash scenario in a community setting, and holding an Open House for all staff focusing on how emergencies impact public health programming, staff, and most importantly, the clients we collectively serve.                                          
    • Collaborating with a diverse team of community and agency partners on an Extreme Temperature plan to protect our vulnerable populations and the city as a whole in the event of a weather-related emergency.                                                                                               
  • Enhancing the preparedness and resilience of our families and communities, through our “Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.” (RSH) program, including:
    • Offering three RSH Train-the-Trainer workshops this Fall to increase the number of residents that are prepared for emergency events, providing materials in multiple languages. Our first workshop was delivered to Community Health Center partners; the second is scheduled for October 23rd and 24th in Chelsea, MA is open for course registration.  
    • Providing RSH information and resources for specific populations at targeted events such as the Salvation Army’s “Pack Your Bag” event at the TD Garden, the annual Abilities Expo, and the recent State Street Preparedness event.
 Partner activities at the state and national levels include:
  • The Mass League of Community Health Centers has been hosting a weekly drop-in session. There’s one session remaining on September 26, “Financial Planning for Emergencies.”
  • MEMA is highlighting the importance of emergency preparedness with a campaign in line with FEMA’s weekly themes; this week’s theme is “Build an Emergency Kit.”
  • The CDC’s campaign also has a different theme for each week; this week’s theme is “Policy and Partnerships,” in an acknowledgement that every response is local, and as such local policies and partnerships are the keys to readiness at the local level.  

FEMA released the official Las Vegas Shooting After-Action Report in late August, which examines the strengths and areas for improvement observed during the response and also shares knowledge gained from the incident with public safety agencies to increase their preparedness efforts. ASPR TRACIE also compiled lessons learned specific to healthcare coalitions and offers a webinar recording for Healthcare Response to a No-Notice Incident: Las Vegas
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Course Calendar
October 22-24 Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy.

October 23 & 24
Hospital Incident Command System (HICS): Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities
October 31
November 7 & 8 Incident Command System 400: Advanced ICS
December 17 & 18
Continue Your Learning Online
Knowledge Base:
Mass Casualty Management
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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