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Research, Trainings, and Resources

Trainings and Meetings
Esri Health GIS Conference
Oct. 14-16: Cambridge, MA

The 2013 Esri Health GIS Conference in Cambridge, MA, will explore the GIS revolution that is changing the face of health and human services. Learn the latest GIS applications and tips from Esri experts and industry leaders. Share insights and skills with peers from across the nation and the world. More »

NACCHO's Public Health Preparedness Summer 2013 Webinar Series
Throughout the summer, NACCHO will host several free webinars to bring you the latest research and model practices in the field of public health preparedness. Featured speakers will include federal partners, local and state health officials, and other experts discussing topics important to local health departments. More »
September 19: Southwest Community Recovery Conference
September 19, 2013
Scottsdale, AZ

This conference will provide participants with tools and information to improve organization and community recovery plans. This year's conference features panels comprised of speakers from healthcare, education, business, the access and functional needs community, the military, and local government. Panelists will examine a broad spectrum of recovery topics among the diverse sectors, including impacts of disasters on infrastructure, service demands, business continuity, corporate branding, community spirit, mental resilience, and financial strength. Speakers will address challenges, initiatives, and successes, as gleaned from surviving Hurricane Sandy, the Aurora shooting, the Boston Marathon bombings, the North Ridge earthquake, the Reno air show crash, the Joplin tornado, the San Diego fires, and more. Continuing education credits are available for nurses, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and business continuity professionals; credentialing may be offered for more professions as well, upon request. More »

Dec. 11-13: National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference
The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference focuses primarily on the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) guidelines. Specifically, the conference aims to develop, refine and sustain healthcare coalitions. This conference is supported and individuals representing coalitions are encourage to attend by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the usage of HPP/PHEP funds for attendance is accepted by ASPR. More »
March 12 - 15: 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit

Recordings Available Now

The 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit was March 12-15 in Atlanta, and brought together public health and healthcare professionals, emergency managers, and other leaders to collaborate, learn, and share best practices. More than 150 sessions explored areas including mass prophylaxis and catastrophic preparedness, community resilience, biosurveillance, volunteer management, administrative preparedness, public health law, and crisis standards of care.

Visit the Summit library to access podcasts, videocasts, and session recordings from the event.

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Disaster Response Template Toolkit
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Response Template Toolkit features public education materials that disaster behavioral health response programs can use to create resources for reaching people affected by a disaster. More »
Building Partnerships before Disaster Strikes
A Guide for Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management Leaders

NACCHO has prepared an issue brief to provide local health departments and emergency managers with practical information to build and strengthen partnerships prior to crises. It contains a step-by-step guide to ensure better synergy and collaborative planning, and features case studies highlighting local partnership best practices. Developing partnerships now with public health stakeholders, emergency medical services, hospitals, and emergency management is critical for building community resilience to prepare for, respond to, and recover from future disasters.  More »
New Disaster Text Message Toolkit Now Available
A new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages advising people how to protect their health after a
disaster is available now through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These messages support state and local emergency managers in disaster response. Emergency responders can use the messages as they are or tailor the messages based on specific local needs. The toolkit currently features text messages relevant to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. More »
Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit
The Texas Health Institute on behalf of the HHS Office of Minority Health developed a toolkit entitled "Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit." More »
Video Collection: Connecting the Dots between SNS and Collaborative Partnerships: The 12 Most Valuable Lessons Learned
Learn how your local health department can benefit from collaborative partnerships related to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) with 12, easy-to-digest five minute videos. This presentation illuminates the "story behind the story" for 12 SNS-related collaborative efforts across the country in a fast-paced, thought-provoking format.

As an Ignite Presentation during the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit, this session was based on the Ignite and Pecha Kucha formats that are often used by the technology community to share ideas and pitches. Each presenter had five minutes and 20 slides to get their message across to the audience. More »

Webinar on Federally Qualified Health Centers and Public Health Emergencies
NACCHO, with other partners, hosted a webinar highlighting collaborative efforts between state and local health departments and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and opportunities for future partnerships between public health and FQHCs.

View the slides or play the recording. More »

Join Health and Disability Learning Community
 The Health and Disability project of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to sponsor the Health and Disability Learning Community. The initial module of the learning community is focusing on ways to enhance emergency planning and preparedness activities that engage and include people with disabilities.

The learning community encourages information sharing among a wide range of audiences, including health departments, people with disabilities, disability organizations, academic institutions, and NACCHO.

Members of the learning community have access to online collaboration space which is used for discussions and the ability to upload and download resources and tools. Community members also share and learn together by engaging in conference calls and webinars.

If you are interested in sharing and learning about best practices, tools, and resources focused on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, consider joining the learning community.

For more information, click here or please contact disability@naccho.org.

Preparedness Guide, Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
The Preparedness Guide, Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing Their Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities has recently been released along with the launch of the accompanying preparedness web portal. 

To view the web portal and a PDF copy of the guide, visit www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency.

Communicating Public Health Preparedness--Media and Message Guide
This media and messaging guide was produced based on the input of individuals who attended the "Communicating Public Health Preparedness: A Messaging Summit and Advanced Skills Workshop" conducted by Qorvis Communications in November 2011.

The purpose of the guide is to assist organizational partners of CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) and all interested persons in communicating more effectively the critical importance of public health preparedness. More »
AMA—Citizens Ready Guide: How You Can Prepare for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a Citizen Ready Guide: How You Can Prepare for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies. More »
IOM Releases New Report: Advancing Regulatory Science for Medical Countermeasure Development—Workshop Summary
On June 15, 2011, The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) released the report, Advancing Regulatory Science for Medical Countermeasure Development—Workshop Summary. More »