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Featured Programs

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

February 29, 2016 and April 25, 2016
Boston, 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.

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

February 29, 2016 and April 25, 2016
Boston, MA


This 3.5-hour course prepares students to properly inspect, assemble, and operate Air-Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Along with operating standards, students will learn the conditions in which these respirators are suitable, and where they are not. In addition to the respiratory system component is the Level-C chemical protective garment overview. Students will be shown proper inspection techniques, donning, operating procedures while in the suit, and doffing.
 

This Month in Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness

Medical Management for CBRNE Incidents (PER-211)

This course will be hosted by MEMA and MDPH on February 23-24, 2016, for anyone who will be participating in the health and medical and/or public safety efforts of the 2016 Boston Marathon. This two-day course is a combination of facilitated discussions, small-group exercises, Human Patient Simulator hands-on scenarios, and traditional classroom discussions. Exercises are conducted in a CBRNE scenario using both adult and pediatric Human Patient Simulators to reinforce classroom lectures and interaction. All participants must register for the course using MEMA’s online Training Registration System (TRS); the registration deadline is February 16, 2015. 
 

New Release: Access and Functional Needs Video Series 

Strong and meaningful partnerships between health professionals and communities with access and functional needs are key to successfully meeting the needs of all community members during a disaster. These new videos from the National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH) illustrate exceptional examples of how health professionals and communities with access and functional needs are working together on disaster preparedness. Public health workers, first responders, nurses, and physicians will find these videos of particular interest. Additional videos in this series will be posted soon. 
 

CDC Ebola PPE Calculator Now Available

Estimating Ebola personal protective equipment (PPE) needs has been challenging for many hospitals. The Ebola PPE calculator is designed to help facilities think through all of the factors that determine the amount of PPE that should be stored in their inventory. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Ebola PPE calculator here, and click here for additional information on PPE supply and guidance.
 

2015: What Kept Us Up at Night and What Will Keep Us Busy in 2016 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists its 6 most pressing public health challenges for 2015 and 2016. It’s no surprise that the widespread transmission of Ebola in West Africa made it to the top of the list, and although Ebola has been controlled, additional cases may continue to occur. Click here to see the other 5 pressing public health challenges and to learn what they are doing to support and prevent outbreaks of Ebola, and to improve overall public health in 2016.
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Course Calendar
MDPH ESF-8 Public Health & Medical
How to Start a Respiratory Protection Program 

March 3, 2016

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Mapping Your Community: Social Determinants that Influence Emergency Preparedness 

February 11, 2016
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Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel  - Awareness 

February 29, 2016 & 
April 25, 2016

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

April 5 & 7, 2016
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Module II: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel  - Operations

February 29, 2016 & 
April 25, 2016

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Partners
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
Email: delvalle@bphc.org
Website: https://delvalle.bphc.org

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The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. DelValle Institute is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, visit the Learning Center at https://delvalle.bphc.org.

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