Guardian of Public Health - July 2018

Bureau of EMS, Trauma & Preparedness


News and Articles

Assisting People with Mobility Limitations

Alice Frame, MA - MDHHS Disabilities Health Unit Program Coordinator

In Michigan, roughly 15% of adults have a mobility disability of some kind – it is one of the most common types of disabilities among adults. In an emergency, that percentage is likely to go up from injury or loss of equipment.  

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Training & Events

Special Pathogens of Concern

Online Training Course - National Ebola Training and Education  Center (NETEC)

This course describes pathogen-related factors that may warrant treatment in a biocontainment unit. Participants will be able to distinguish between concepts of infectious, communicable, and hazardous as they relate to Ebola and other special pathogens of concern. 

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Michigan Prepares


MI Volunteer Registry

The Michigan Update

Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Update

The hepatitis A outbreak is still occurring in Michigan with new cases identified and reported every week.  There have been over 850 outbreak related cases since August 2016.  With fair and festival season in full swing, hepatitis A should not be part of the experience.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wants to remind everyone it is important to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.  The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated.  Vaccines are available from a healthcare provider or local health department and for some individuals at little or no cost.  They may even be available at some fair and festival locations. 

MDHHS and local health departments are continuing additional outreach and vaccination efforts on the following high-risk groups:

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Strengthening Global Public Health Surveillance through Data and Benefit Sharing

Equitable sharing of public health surveillance data can help prevent or mitigate the effect of infectious diseases. Timely sharing of public health surveillance data enables better preparedness and response, locally and globally.  However, public health surveillance data is not always shared in a manner which benefits all stakeholders involved in mitigating a disease outbreak.  In an article published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the researchers outline seven principles to encourage the process of equitable data sharing: 1) building trust; 2) articulating the value; 3) planning for data sharing; 4) achieving quality data; 5) understanding the legal context; 6) creating data-sharing agreements; and 7) monitoring and evaluation. The researchers feel sharing of public health surveillance data is best done taking into account these principles, which will help to ensure data are shared optimally and ethically, while fulfilling stakeholder expectations and facilitating equitable distribution of benefits.

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Tools & Resources

Essential Measures: A Local Public Health Toolkit for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The goals of this toolkit are to better equip local health department staff to respond to manifestations of the opioid epidemic in their own towns and cities, and to provide a one-stop reference guide of best practices and other resources: information, knowledge gleaned from the field, tools, and training. Using the 10 Essential Services framework, the toolkit provides information about the high-quality opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment public health work currently happening at the local, state, and federal level.

Essential Measures: A Local Public Health Toolkit for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic>>