This is a half-semester introduction to public health surveillance and conducting an epidemiologic outbreak investigation. This course will focus on core basics of surveillance, screening, outbreak detection, case investigation, hypothesis generation, study design and hypothesis testing, and communicating findings.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Describe types and goals of public health surveillance
• Describe the components of a case investigation including creating a case definition and orienting case data by person, place, and time.
A five day conference held at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2004 on infectious disease readiness. The conference covered topics such as Key Microbial Threats, Infection Control Practices in Health Care and Community Settings, Contact Tracing and Investigation, Mass Vaccination and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, and Strategies for Working with Hard-to-Reach Populations.
The CIDER SIP 2007 was a 3-day conference entitled, "Building Bridges: Public Health and Private Sectors Responding to Pandemic Influenza" that happened on June 19-21, 2007. Our partners included the California Department of Health Services, ORC Western Occupational Safety and Health Group, and members of the public and private industries.
• Be aware that normal people have normal reactions to abnormal events.
• Identify psychological reactions to disasters.
• Describe mental health disaster services.
• Be aware of key disaster mental health resources.
This course is designed to help students understand how to address emergency preparedness for the “hard-to-reach” and special needs residents in their community. Created for those needing to understand disaster response and health issues of diverse audiences, this course covers who the most vulnerable residents are; what makes them more challenging to serve; and how to best reach and serve their needs. Course includes suggested reading and class exercises.
The purpose of this afternoon’s lecture is to provide you with some fundamental guidance for the anticipation and control of environmental challenges associated with natural or man-made disasters. The information contained herein will not attempt to systematically characterize the health hazards resulting from catastrophes, but rather, provide specific advice about the public hea
• Types of environmental health disasters
• Who is involved
• Disaster impacts on worker, community
• Public health response options
This is a one semester intensive introduction to the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. The course is taught from the perspective public health communicable disease control officers: frontline practitioners that detect, investigate, control, and prevent infectious diseases in communities. The lectures are given by public health communicable disease experts that practice, teach, investigate, and conduct research in their specific areas.
• Review a Public Health ethical framework that may help officials make decisions, in the midst of crises
• Recognize key Public Health ethical issues
• Review potential triggers that raise ethical concerns
• 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
Natural Disasters and Intentional Mass Threats: Natural, Technological, and Intentional Public Health Emergencies
• Describe natural hazardous threats
• Describe technological hazardous threats
• Describe intentional hazardous threats
Partnerships create an opportunity for communities to plan and prepare for an emergency or disaster. Prepared communities are more resilient and self sufficient during and emergency or disaster. Partnerships build capacity for emergency and disaster response.
Public Health Ethics in Disaster Preparedness and Response: Attending to Ethical concerns during the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu)
• Review Public Health ethical frameworks that may help officials articulate options to make decisions in the midst of crises.
• Review data from the spring H1N1 outbreak.
• Review triggers in health care systems that may raise ethical concerns during a pandemic.
• Entertain questions for discussion.
Special Needs & Vulnerable Populations in Emergency Preparedness – The CARD Model: Prepare to Prosper
• Receive overview of special needs and vulnerable populations
• Identify at least two barriers faced by community leaders serving special needs communities
• Identify at least two significant threats to public health related to the gaps in preparedness for special needs communities.
• Identify at least two successful strategies for reaching, and serving the preparedness needs of vulnerable communities
• Learn about the Prepare to Prosper approach – the CARD Model
Vulnerable populations have limited knowledge of emergency services resources and capabilities. The emergency services system has limited knowledge of vulnerable populations (the numbers and the characteristics)
• Participants will recognize the considerable joy and power in disaster preparedness
• Participants will recognize the need for a state and national public protection policy
• Participants will recognize the need for clearly identifying roles, responsibilities, liabilities, and recovery funding streams
On August 21, 2003, the UC Berkeley SARS Public Health Response Working Group held a 3.5 hour SARS tabletop exercise. Below are links to download the slide presentations. There are 30 slides. After presenting background slides, there are 8 pauses for discussion (about 20 min each) and then a debriefing (30 minutes). For our purposes we focused on policy gaps and vulnerabilities. Although there was a tendency to talk about what we "can do", we had to repeatedly remind ourselves to identify gaps and vulnerabilities.
Verified Capabilities through Exercises: A Structured Approach to Developing and Assessing Homeland Security Preparedness
• Develop, test and validate policies, plans procedures, training, equipment, and agreements
• Clarify and train personnel in roles and responsibilities
• Improve individual and team performance
• Improve interagency coordination
• Identify gaps in resources