Terrorism, whether biological, chemical, or nuclear presents special challenges to caregivers, healthcare institutions, community organizations, and governmental agencies. Major natural disasters offer many of the same challenges. Finding one's way ethically is particularly problematic. When decisions must be made rapidly, under anxiety-filled and emergency conditions, being prepared to face the ethical issues is a necessary part of public health services. Issues of professional conduct and responsibility, of civil rights and civil liberties, of conscience, are bound to appear.
In this second of three sessions on ethical dilemmas in public health practice, Harvey Kayman will address real stories from public health professionals in the field of scenarios demonstrating ethical dilemmas they’ve encountered. Audience members will be invited to vote or comment on how they think the struggle should be resolved. Dr. Kayman will also present a protocol that public health professionals might use or adapt to guide decision-making during crises, including recommendations adapted from FEMA independent study program #241: “Decision-making and problem-solving.”
The Family Preparedness Toolkit is a compilation of electronic resources to assist user in developing a family emergency plan, collecting and assembling a disaster supply kit, learning where to seek shelter from all types of hazards, and practicing and maintaining a family emergency plan.
This multimedia presentation has been designed to educate medical and public health professionals about food and waterborne infectious disease threats. The learner will learn about immediate threats to our nation’s food and water supply and measures that are taken to reduce these threats.
This course will address the reasons and logic, which would focus a terrorist attack on the food supply. The characteristics of the food supply chain will be examined and the links which expose themselves to interruption, explored. Countermeasures on the global/ strategic level as well as on the local tactical level will be in the context of their utility and effectiveness. The nature and characteristics of specific bacterial and chemical agents will be examined and the specific clinical presentations of disease expounded.
During power outages, generators are widely used by the general public and problems can arise from improper use. Here are some tips you can pass on to the communities in which you work.
In this presentation, Dr. Gerard Rushton will show how geospatial linkages of health data to other information when used with methods of spatial analysis can be used to guide public health interventions.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Public Health: An Introduction to GIS and Hands-On Use of Epi-Map
This day-long workshop provides a general introduction to the use of GIS software for public health practice. Participants learn the basics of practical mapping of data and information and strategies of securing data, securing map images, and integrating maps and data to create single and multi-layered data maps. Exercises applicable to public health develop computer experience with some of the major Epi-Map features.
This course was held July 22, 2009 in Lansing, Michigan, and August 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
David Stephens, MD, Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University, and James Curran, MD, MPH, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, moderate a distinguished panel of speakers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Vanderbilt University, discussing the epidemiology, clinical features, lab findings, and measures to contain the global spread of SARS.
Foodborne outbreaks continue to present challenges to the health of the nation. Recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella suggest that breaches in food safety measures are occurring at various levels of food production and handling. Through national case studies, leading experts in the field of food safety present challenges to and strategies for ensuring a safe food system. This Public Health Grand Rounds highlights current issues in the food safety system and how public health leaders and professionals can respond to foodborne outbreaks.
This symposium discusses global public health preparedness in its broadest context; from preparing for catastrophic health events to addressing global health issues including multi-drug resistant tuberculosis to developing the public health workforce in the international community.
Presented live September 11, 2007 at the University of Michigan. With the archived webcast, you can view selected presentations from the all-day symposium.
Presentations (Total viewing time: 6.5 hours)
Welcome and Program Introduction
Mary Sue Coleman, PhD
President, University of Michigan
This webcast discuss the planning process for H1N1 Influenza at the University of Arizona.
The Hazard Risk Assessment Instrument (HRAI) workbook is intended to be used as a guide to enable state and local public health agencies to conduct a risk assessment of their community. The tool is designed for use as a standard approach to hazard risk assessment that is adapted to the public health impacts of hazards. HRAI will allow public health agencies to assess the probability of hazards for a particular geographic area and the magnitude of impact given the local resources, allowing for prioritization of response and mitigation options.
This webcast discuss protective measures relating to hazardous weather in Southern Arizona.
Health Education Reaching Others and Ensuring Surge Capacity During Public Health Emergencies (HEROES)
The Health Education Reaching Others and Ensuring Surge Capacity during Public Health Emergencies (HEROES) is an online module which provides an introductory emergency preparedness training to health educators and other individuals who might be called upon to perform health education tasks during a public health emergency. The training will describe the importance of health education during a public health emergency, explain the role of health educators and explain health education surge capacity and why it is important.
This print resource targets school nurses in Pennsylvania, but can be used by school nurses in other states. The resource is a 1 page 1 sided chart of the color coded Homeland Security risk levels and corresponding recommended actions for school nurses depending on the risk level.
In this unique training, three speakers (Maureen Hennessy Benson, Dave Blodgett, and Sheldon Greenberg) speak about the "institutional culture" of five responder groups: law enforcement, EMS, fire, public health, and private security in an attempt at fostering understanding among these groups.
This presentation by Rachel Stevens, EdD, Clinical Professor, North Carolina Institute of Public Health and Senior Faculty Advisor at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, gives the viewer an introduction to assessment. This lecture material was developed as part of a graduate level course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
• Name the 10 essential public health services and understand how assessment relates to them
• Understand the purposes of community assessment
This 45 minute module will orient learners to the basics of business continuity planning, including an introduction to the eight pieces necessary for formulating a plan.
Participants are eligible to receive up to 0.7 contact hours (0.07 CEUs) for successful completion of training including pre-test, post-test and evaluation.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:
* Describe how business continuity planning can reduce vulnerability to disasters and emergencies
* Summarize the eight pieces necessary for formulating a plan
Acute Care Nurses, Public Health Nurses, School Nurses, Ambulatory Nurses, Long-term Care Nurses, Occupational Health Nurses and Student Nurses can use this educational module to increase their knowledge about preparing for and responding to an emergency. This module is intended to act as a reference and learning tool. (Online and CD)
• Define a disaster
• Describe the role of a nurse during a disaster
• Describe the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
• Describe vulnerable populations nurses may work with during an emergency
The goal of this module is to prepare public health professionals to implement strategies based on ethical frameworks that balance multiple interests, principles, and goals as part of a coordinated response.
This presentation by John Wallace, gives you an overview of geographic information systems (GIS) and how GIS can be applied to the field of public health.
• Describe the mechanics of GIS, identifying terminology and basic methods
• Outline how GIS is used in the field of public health
• Discuss how GIS methodology can be applied to a research question
• Define the term “vulnerable population”
• Identify the role of Public Health related to emergency planning and vulnerable populations
• Identify the importance of collaborating with community/faith-based/NGO’s
• Identify the benefits of integrating vulnerable population support groups into plan development and exercise activities
We all worry about children’s safety. And while the best safeguard is to not leave children alone, this is not always a possibility considering the often-busy schedules of today’s parents and caregivers. So here are some simple strategies
you can use to remind parents and caregivers to help keep their kids safe.
The goal of this program is to provide an overview of the National Public Health Ready Pilot Project, which lead to the development of the Iowa Public Health Ready Program. Components of the Iowa program will be reviewed. Plans to evaluate the program and assess its impact on local public health agencies that have completed the process will be discussed.
This stockpile list is a personal and family preparedness check list of recommended items for sheltering in place. Included is a list of frequently asked questions about pandemic influenza.
JIC in a Box presents a realistic simulation of a public health crisis and guides participants through the process of executing an effective communications campaign.
This exercise is an opportunity for communications experts from public health, hospitals and other emergency response agencies to gain knowledge and hone their skills to prepare for and respond to a public health emergency. In particular, participants will review and test their procedures for working as a group to collect, prepare and release critical information about an emergency through a JIC.
Katrina, Catastrophes, and Communicable Disease Calamities: Are We Prepared? (archived videos) SYMPA1006
This all-school symposium focused on the public health implications of natural and human-made disasters. Five internationally recognized speakers from the academic and practice fields illuminated the role of public health in the various aspects of disasters including: disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
2006 Public Health Symposium presented live October 4, 2006 by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. With the archived videos, you can view selected presentations from the day-long symposium.
This presentation by David C. Martinez, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, is a three part tutorial that gives you a brief overview of what defines terrorism and law enforcement's role in domestic and international terrorism.
• List the predominant local, state, and federal law enforcement assets involved in disaster management, and describe their structures
• Describe the role and function of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in responding to natural disasters
Until recently, animal issues occurring during disasters or terrorism events did not receive adequate planning. Some of the concerns involve what to do with animals when people must leave a disaster area; how to handle the remains of a large number of dead animals; how to protect the community and farm from animal diseases that could spread to people or cripple the economy; how to use animals as indicators of disease trends in the community; and, finally, what specifically can individuals, professionals and governments do to resolve and plan for these issues?