This program was developed by the Heartland Centers for Public Health Preparedness at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. HCPHP developed this program to aid in preparedness of the public health workforce to effectively respond to all hazard, terrorism, and other public health emergencies. Public health agencies and emergency responders can use this program to increase their competence in the nine Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness Core Competencies for all Public Health Workers.
Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone, The Cobra Event, and, his most recent novel, Demon in the Freezer discusses his experiences writing about bioterrorism and what he considers to be the reality of the threat. His talk focuses on smallpox, which is the central subject of The Demon in the Freezer. After discussing elements of the history of the smallpox virus and vaccine, Richard Preston touches on the story presented in The Demon in the Freezer.
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How it Changed Cities, Science and the Modern World
Steven Johnson, MA (Best Selling Author of Six Books, including The Ghost Map, and his latest, The Invention of Air, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Department of Journalism, New York University, Founder, FEED, Plastic and Outside.in Websites) provides an extraordinary account of the London cholera epidemic of 1854. Mr. Johnson shares the significance of “amateur” approaches in potentially unearthing useful, exciting discoveries and further advancing the scientific world.
Bruce Blythe, CEO of Crisis Management International, Inc., discusses the human side of crisis. The lecture begins with an overview of crisis-related research. Mr. Blythe then discusses effective humanitarian crisis response and what organizations should do to address the human side of crisis. Finally, the lecture concludes with a discussion of the Safe America personal preparedness initiative.
Cherie Drenzek, DVM, MS, medical epidemiologist with the Georgia Division of Public Health, leads an interactive presentation to provide learners with a basic understanding of the disease smallpox. The content is divided into three modules. Module 1: Disease Basics; Module 2: Smallpox Vaccine; and Module 3: Georgia Smallpox Plans. In addition, there is a question and answer section that includes frequently asked questions about smallpox.
Target Audience: General Public Health
Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
Format(s): CD-ROM, Spanish Webcast. CD-ROM is also available in Spanish.
Twenty Years of Medical Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Emergencies in Israel
Lion Poles, MD, a cardiologist at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel, discusses his belief that Israel is medically prepared for mass toxicological incidents. When discussing preparedness, Dr. Poles states that his country has the capability to treat victims in a timely manner and provide the public with psychological support. His lecture touches on the many factors that contribute to Israel's preparedness, including the country's history, training materials provided to healthcare workers, and current response systems.
This multimedia presentation has been designed to educate medical and public health professionals about Vectorborne Diseases of the Southeastern United States. The learner will learn about: selected vectorborne diseases pertinent to the Southeast Region, including characteristics of transmission, symptoms of diseases, diagnostics, and organism adaptability; current emerging threats, such as Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Chikungunya, Borreliosis, tick-borne illnesses, and the potential impact of climate change; and surveillance issues.
Cham E. Dallas, PhD, Director of the Center for Leadership in Education and Applied Research in Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia, talks about his experiences and perspectives relating to nuclear weapon attack preparedness. Dr. Dallas relates his experiences from over ten years with the Chernobyl contaminated areas, to the work he is currently involved in for national preparedness efforts. Using information from a simulation of an attack outside of Atlanta, GA, Dr.
The 2006 Models of Excellence Lecture Series engages public health practitioners in discussions about historical and contemporary public health events and extract lessons for future preparedness. Dr. Mark Rosenberg and Dr. Christine Moe co-present the lecture, Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink!, which showcases both the Gastrointestinal Illness at Crater Lake National Park in 1975 as the ‘Historical Issue’ and Protecting Our Water Supply in Contemporary Times as the ‘Contemporary Issues’.
The 2006 Models of Excellence Lecture Series engages public health practitioners in discussions about historical and contemporary public health events and extract lessons for future preparedness. Dr. Ira Schwartz and Dr. Ali Khan co-present the lecture, What’s the Buzz about Vector Control Issues, which showcases both Malaria as the ‘Historical Issue’ and the current parasitic threats such as Hanta Virus, SARS and West Nile Virus as ‘Contemporary Issues’. Each presenter describes the issue at hand and identifies lessons learned for public health practitioners today or in the future. Dr.