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A PDF version of our 2013 Winter Newsletter   is now available.

-- Learning in Disaster Health 2014: Registration & Calls for Abstracts Open --

The National Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2014 Learning in Disaster Health Workshop (LDH 14) in the DC Metropolitan area on September 9-10, 2014! This event is the only National workshop of its kind that addresses learning and disaster health. Ensure your place by registering at no cost today.

LDH 14 will feature National experts leading sessions on:

  • Inter-professional Disaster Education Practices

  • Disaster Behavioral Health

  • Enhancing Recovery through Learning, Education and Training

  • Showcase of Practices: A Roundtable Networking Session

  • Expanding the Disaster Workforce through Volunteers

  • Learning to Build Resilience at the Neighborhood Level

Photo from LDH13

The National Center currently welcomes the submission of poster abstracts for the display at LDH 14. Accepted posters will be reviewed at the workshop by a poster review committee. Winners will have the chance to present in the NCDMPH’s webinar series. Abstract submission information can be found on the workshop website.

Continue to visit ncdmph.usuhs.edu and follow us on Facebook & Twitter using the #LDH14 hashtag to hear about the latest announcements regarding this unique interdisciplinary event.

April 10th, 2014

-- National Center resources can help prepare for severe spring weather --

Spring has arrived, bringing with it new severe weather risks traditionally associated with the season. Earlier this week, storms flooded the Mississippi in Alabama and Georgia which led to flash floods, power outages in over 11,000 homes and businesses, and closed roads. This weekend will bring more challenges with severe thunderstorms and weather projected to occur from the mid-Mississippi Valley to the southern Plains.

Man responds to victims affected by flood

The lull before the storm is the perfect opportunity to stock your emergency kit and review the safety procedures for before and after a storm. Those already affected by floods need to exercise caution when reentering a flooded home in order to reduce health related risks associated with flooding.

The National Center has resources for the disaster health workforce that is preparing their response to these weather events. "Resilience through Learning: Tornadoes" and "Resilience through Learning: Hurricanes and Typhoons" are resource guides that provide disaster health educators and learners with tools to prepare and respond to severe weather events. Learners that visit these pages will find resources that specifically address unique issues inherent in severe weather events.

Within these resource guides, learners will find the Center's online lesson "Tracking and Reunification of Children in Disasters." With this lesson, responders and volunteers can assist in responding to the needs of an unaccompanied child. By filling out the Tracking and Reunification reference card before the storms arrive, responders can easily access key information needed to reunite unaccompanied children with their parent or guardian.

NCDMPH extends its thoughts to those still recovering in Alabama and Georgia. In addition, the Center thanks the disaster workforce and volunteers assisting in the response effort.

April 2nd, 2014

-- NCDMPH Publishes Paper on Disaster Health Competencies in DMPHP --

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's Senior Research Associate Lauren Walsh, MPH, Education Coordinator Brian A. Altman, PhD, and Operations Director Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH published in the February 2014 edition of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness the article, "Enhancing the Translation of Disaster Health Competencies into Practice" (2014; 8: 70-78). Richard V. King, PhD is also an author on the paper. Dr. King, Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center,  PDF  presented at Learning in Disaster Health: A Continuing Education Workshop as well as in the Center’s disaster learning webinar series.

Figure: "Revised Framework for the Articulation of Competency Sets for Disaster Health Professionals"
Walsh, et al, "Enhancing the Translation of Disaster Health Competencies into Practice."
Disaster Med and Public Health Prep. 2014: 8: 70-78.
Copyright @ 2014 Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
"Revised Framework for the Articulation of Competency Sets for Disaster Health Professionals"

The article explores discrepancies in the 2012 pyramid learning framework from the article "Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health" (2012; 6: 44-52) by categorizing 35 different disaster health competency sets within the four levels of the original competency framework. The framework is designed to accommodate all disaster health competencies, however only 10 of the 35 chosen competency sets were classified with consistency in the four levels.

The authors used the inconsistencies to develop a modified pyramid that better accommodates a wide variety of disaster health competency sets. The revised pyramid is divided into the following areas:

  • Core Level: Competencies for all disaster health learners

  • Profession Level: Competencies for specific professions or groups of professions within the disaster health workforce

  • Organizational Level: Competencies for multi-professional agencies or organizations

  • Specialist Level: Competencies for disaster health specialists

  • Deployment Level: Competencies for highly specialized workers

The full-text of the article is now available from the NCDMPH website: "Enhancing the Translation of Disaster Health Competencies into Practice  PDF ".