June 2015 Newsletter
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June 2015 Newsletter
Flash Poll: What’s Your Favorite Resource?
As we enter the summer months, we shift our focus from delivering courses to developing them. We’d like to ask you for some tips on how to share this type of information with colleagues around the Commonwealth. Please take a moment to answer this poll question:
What’s your favorite resource (website, journal, etc.) for keeping up to date on best practices related to public health and healthcare preparedness?

We’ll share the top answers in our next newsletter.

Featured Programs
More New Training Videos

Community Healthcare Planning and Response to Disasters (MGT-409)Two more videos have been released to our Media LibraryDecontamination Techniques for the First Responder  and Dry Decontamination Techniques and Best Practices. Both can be used to supplement your decontamination training efforts.

Updated Knowledge Base Topic

Module III: Hospital-Based Patient Decontamination - OperationsOur knowledge base topic on Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders and First Receivers has been updated to reflect the latest information. Additions include videos from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), updates to relevant standards, and new content such as facts on the N95 respirator and a section on respiratory protection programs.

Upcoming Courses
Boston MRC Orientation Module I: All-Hazards Disaster Response and Protection for Healthcare Personnel - Awareness Webinar Series
First Responder/Hazardous Worker Emergency Response - Defensive Operations
August 10, 2015 - August 14, 2015
Online Learning
Visit our Learning Center for more information on online learning opportunities:
Online Courses
Knowledge Base Topics
Other News and Updates
Basic Animal Rescue Training

SMART (State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team) and Becker College will be hosting a training event for first responders on Saturday, August 15. Two sessions of the Small Animal Life Support Workshop will be provided by the professionals from Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART), for a maximum of 30 people per session: 9 AM – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

BART is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-approved course that empowers emergency personnel with the training, knowledge, and equipment necessary to safely and effectively address the needs of animals encountered in emergency situations, in order to preserve human health, safety, and well-being. BART fulfills the requirements of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act enacted by Congress in 2006. Click here to view the event flyer.

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDuring an emergency if you are not armed with the right tools to communicate critical information, a situation can quickly go from bad to worse. Whether you are dealing with a family emergency or communicating critical information during a natural disaster, CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) can provide you with guidance and tips on how to get the right information to the right people at the right time. The CERC program consists of training, resources, and shared learning, and draws from lessons learned during public health emergencies and research in the fields of public health and emergency risk communication.

Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit from NIOSH

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published a new resource for Respirator Program Administrators. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit was developed to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs, with an emphasis on preventing the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases to healthcare personnel. Click here to view the toolkit now.
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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