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SDMPH Exec Dir receives recognition

American Academy of Disaster Medicine honors SDMPH Executive Director

James J. James, M.D., DrPH, MHA receives Distinguished Service Award

At the AADM President’s Awards Dinner on June 27, 2015,  held during its recent Annual Scientific Meeting, Dr. James was presented with a Distinguished Service Award.  The AADM Distinguished Service Award honors deserving individuals, organizations and communities positively affecting public health care in the disaster life cycle of preparation, planning, response and recovery.  Dr. James is recognized by AADM for his work with the Department of Health & Human Services and state and local medical societies to share information, implement communications strategies, and coordinate medical and public health agencies’ response in the event of a terrorist attack or other sweeping disasters.—————————————————————————————————————————————–

Journalists and Public Health Professionals: Challenges of a Symbiotic Relationship

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Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health journal Deputy Editor honored by American Red Cross.

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SDMPH Member Granted Disaster Medical Sciences Award

SDMPH Founding Member, Frederick “Skip” M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, PhD (Hon.), recently received the prestigious Disaster Medical Science Award from the Americal College of Emergency Physicians. 

The award is presented “to individuals who have made outstanding contributions of national/international significance or impact to the field of disaster medicine.”[Click here to read article in an external link]

Dr. Burkle is a senior fellow and scientist at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and senior international public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal, and is a Senior Guest Editor on the virtual special issue on Ebola.

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DMPHP Special Issue on Ebola

Ebola

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is committed to examining the details of individual disasters and public health crises. Global experts, responders, and scientific and medical professionals in both the Ebola virus and public health will support and supply content for this special and timely issue.The DMPHP Special Issue on Ebola has been designed from the outset to be a conduit for operational and policy level information that will improve outcomes and decision making, and to ensure that this information is available to all practitioners. It has no governmental or political bias. As an academic journal DMPHP has responsibility for ensuring accountability, evidence base information, and transparency at the highest level. As such, published contributions will be published online immediately after appropriate review and placed chronologically to ensure a ready historical track for future review and debate. The Special Issue will be made freely available to everyone in the field as well as at the policy level decision makers worldwide.

Special Issue Articles:

Ebola Triage Screening and Public Health: The New “Vital Sign Zero”  Identify, Isolate, Inform: A 3-pronged Approach to Management of Public Health EmergenciesTriage Management, Survival, and the Law in the Age of EbolaSign Me Up: Rules of the Road for Humanitarian Volunteers During the Ebola OutbreakHubris: The Recurring PandemicA Primer on Ebola for CliniciansEbola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of MedicineGlobal and Domestic Legal Preparedness and Response: 2014 Ebola OutbreakThe Ebola Epidemic and Translational Public HealthOperationalizing Public Health Skills to Resource Poor Settings: Is This the Achilles Heel in the Ebola Epidemic Campaign?Contact: Alice O’Donnell
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Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
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Volunteer guidelines for clinicians in the ebola epidemic

Safety and protocol measures for humanitarian volunteers

Ebola

Rockville, MD – 24-Oct-2014 –Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal has released a novel, informative article that speaks to volunteers within the Ebola epidemic. The article, contributed by a consortium of Boston-based hospitals, is entitled Sign Me Up: Rules of the Road for Humanitarian Volunteers during the Ebola Outbreak. The authors paint an honest picture of volunteer circumstances, and ask those considering volunteering to not make the decision lightly. They insist that the “global healthcare community must and will rise to serve.”The World Health Organization has advocated for having more volunteers on the ground to aid the outbreak. The article by the Boston consortium reiterates this, though pushes for having thoroughly trained and prepared volunteers. The authors imply that is best to have trained emergency response clinicians, instead of medical students and trainees on the ground. Experience reigns king in an event as such, and patients will surely benefit most with the aid of experienced physicians. The article provides guidelines that volunteer organizations as well as individual volunteers must emphasize and implicate to achieve volunteer well-being and safety.The authors recognize that volunteers serve at great personal risk, to provide clinical care to others. The authors also find it important to acknowledge that the chance of medical evacuation is low, despite the cases widely reported by the media. With the provided guidelines in mind and necessitated, the risk has potential to decline.The authors ask volunteers to consider the following:

  • Time commitment (more than 2 weeks)
  • Personal and organization health insurance, medical evacuation insurance, disability and life insurance
  • Family circumstances
  • Organization and individual emergency response experience
  • Personal, mental and professional readiness
  • Comprehensive pre-deployment training
  • Proper personal protection equipment (PPE, often provided by organization) and medical supplies
  • Return-to-work considerations
  • Organization contingency plans for evacuation or ill/injured staff

###About the JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. DMPHP is the official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.About the SocietyThe Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society’s goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.Contact: Alice O’Donnell
dmphpjournal@gmail.com
Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
@dmphsociety

Ebola special issue includes clinician primer

Special feature from the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Ebola

Rockville, MD – 17-Oct-2014 – Accurate knowledge regarding Ebola is critical and pertinent for practicing physicians and clinicians given the current risk of hazardous global outbreak and epidemic. The Journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness has launched a special issue, Ebola Virus and Public Health, to surround the public, medical professionals and media with necessary knowledge in this critical societal moment.On October 17, the journal published A Primer on Ebola for Clinicians. The primer was prepared by Dr. Eric Toner, internist and emergency physician, as well as Amesh A. Adalja and Thomas V. Inglesby (all of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). The primer discusses the history, epidemiology, microbiology, clinical manifestations, biosafety, prevention, treatment and experimental vaccines to offer an informative and inclusive background on the Ebola virus for clinicians.The scale of the uncontrolled outbreak in Western Africa makes further exportation to other parts of the world an unfortunate possibility (as citizens across the globe have already witnessed, with cases appearing in Europe and the United States). Those who serve at the frontlines of emergency medicine, critical care, infectious diseases and infection control are in high need and demand, and in some cases, high risk. The primer provided by the UPMC professionals offers clear and concise information on the fundamentals of the virus, including its diagnosis, treatment and control. The public and media are especially apt to benefit from the clear and accurate information provided by the primer, as the popularity of social media makes misinformation about Ebola easily (and rapidly) sharable, believed and misattributed.###About the JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. DMPHP is the official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and is produced by Cambridge University Press.About the SocietyThe Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society’s goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.Contact: Alice O’Donnell
dmphpjournal@gmail.com
Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
@dmphsociety

Timely Ebola information from Journal of Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness

It’s in the details: Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health commits to fuller disaster coverage and reporting

[Click here to view press release in an external website]Rockville, MD – 8-Oct-2014 – The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is committed to examining the details of individual disasters and public health crises. With the recent arrival of Ebola in the United States, the journal is launching a special issue on the virus. The journal will serve as an educated and authoritative voice on the virus, risk and threat level, potential of outbreak, preparation and response for the public and media.The Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, began covering events in their entirety via special issues this fall. In doing so, the journal publishes in real time over the total extent of an event or crisis – from beginning to end. Due to the intensity surrounding the Ebola virus, coverage may extend beyond one special issue.Global experts, responders, and scientific and medical professionals in both the Ebola virus and public health will support and supply content for this special and timely issue. Material will be published accordingly after review and will be open to all. Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jim James begins with an editorial that discusses the role of Ebola in the greater picture of transitional public health. The issue will also feature works such as Global and Domestic Legal Preparedness and Response: 2014 Ebola Outbreak by professor James G. Hodge, as well as commentary from Dr. Frederick M. Burkle, Operationalizing Public Health Skills to Resource Poor Settings: Is this the Achilles Heel in the Ebola Epidemic Campaign?.According to Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jim James, “This is a new approach to publishing in a scientific reviewed medical journal. The need for such factual and timely scholarly coverage in modern times is especially critical. Far too often, the media must report on incomplete and/or inaccurate information often leading to the unintentional promulgation of misinformation that will often result in undue public alarm and unwarranted practices and policies. Providing expert information in a timely manner should have a positive impact on more effectively dealing with major events.” ###About the JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness is the first comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally. The journal seeks to translate science into practice and integrate medical and public health perspectives. DMPHP is the official journal of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.About the SocietyThe Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health aims to evolve a discipline around disaster medicine and public health. The society’s goal is to improve global health security, with the involvement and development of global health professionals and others who are involved in responding to and or managing significant events. The mission of the SDMPH is to advance and promote excellence in education, training and research in disaster medicine and public health for all potential health system responders based on sound educational principles, scientific evidence and best clinical and public health practices.Twitter: @dmphSociety