Guardian of Public Health - September 2016

Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness

September 2016

News and Articles

When Disaster-Response Apps Fail

When a terrorist struck Nice, France, on July 14, a new French government app designed to alert people failed. Three hours passed before SAIP, as the app is called, warned people in and around Nice to the danger on the city’s waterfront during Bastille Day festivities.

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Training & Events

Mass Prophylaxis Preparedness and Planning (MGT-319)

Wayne County Community College District - Taylor Campus

This course is a guide for local health officials and their partners to coordinate plans to provide mass distribution of medical countermeasures in response to a large-scale public health incident. This course focuses on planning considerations, recommendation to achieve the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) 48-hour standard for Mass Prophylaxis, and the local community’s Mass Prophylaxis and Point of Dispensing (POD) site preparedness. The course material is applicable to pandemic influenza, bio-terrorism, and other public health emergencies.

The training is November 29 - 30, 2016. To register go to MI-TRAIN and search for course number: 1054435

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Tools & Resources

Next-Generation Incident Command System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide.

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Michigan Prepares


MI Volunteer Registry

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The Michigan Update

Macomb County Medical Reserve Corp Wins the National Health Security Award for Youth Engagement

Two Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units—the Public Health Reserve Corps of Seattle and King Counties in Washington, and the Macomb County MRC in Michigan—along with their health departments—were highlighted in NACCHO’s National Health Security Strategy: How Local Health Departments are Making a Difference video. The video features recipients of the National Health Security Award, which was created by NACCHO and ASPR to recognize the contributions of three local health departments working to improve health security in their communities. For more information about the award, visit NACCHO’s Awards page. To learn more about the National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan, visit the ASPR website.

Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

Martha Stanbury - Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Environmental Health

The Michigan Environmental Public Health Tracking Program’s (MiTracking) interactive web portal will be soon be available for health and environment data exploration, visualization, and analysis to help understand environmental exposures and health. The focus of MiTracking is to provide Michigan-specific, integrated health and environmental data in an easy-to-use public data portal. Development of the data portal is expected to be completed this fall. Statewide and county data will soon be available as tables, charts, and maps! Anyone who would like to learn more about the program or participate in beta testing of the portal can contact the MiTracking Program Manager, Jill Roos, For more information on the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tracking website

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Flint Rash Investigation Report

On April 25, 2014 the City of Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. While the primary focus of public health response to the ensuing Flint Water Crisis has been on the elevated lead levels resulting from the lack of corrosion control, general concerns about overall water quality and whether the water was responsible for skin rashes have been major health concerns of Flint residents.

As part of the federal response to the Flint Water Crisis, the Unified Coordination Group (UCG), a collaboration between local, state and federal health and environmental agencies lead by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), supported an investigation to assess whether Flint water might be associated with the rashes experienced by some community residents.

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