Beneficial Practices for Improving Biosurveillance Webinar Series

overall webinar series goal

Translate into practice the key findings of a 2012-13 North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center project related to enhancing biosurveillance practice for situational awareness during a public health emergency.

invited audience

Preparedness and surveillance directors and staff involved in implementation of preparedness grant activities and other CDC-funded programs at the state and/or local level.

webinar topics

Topics, based on the report findings, are related to specific aspects of public health preparedness and information system design for common preparedness scenarios and for future biosurveillance enhancements. Relevant recent examples of each situation will be featured. The four webinar topics are beneficial practices for improving biosurveillance:

hosts

Drs. Ed Baker (Project PI and Research Professor, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Perry Smith (Research Professor Epidemiology, State University of New York at Albany and former New York State Epidemiologist) will facilitate the webinars in a “fireside chat” style by soliciting input from guests, presenting findings from the report and interacting with the audience.

guests

Each webinar will feature invited guests to informally share recent examples:

  • Mass Gatherings – Boston Marathon with staff from Boston Public Health Commission
  • Natural Disasters – Super Storm Sandy and other hurricanes with staff from the Florida Department of Health and New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Outbreaks – Seasonal flu with staff from the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Prioritizing your Biosurveillance Enhancements – National experts will share insights for enhancing biosurveillance for improved situational awareness

dates

The webinars will be conducted from 2:00 to 3:30pm Eastern Time.

  • Mass Gatherings – February 27, 2014
  • Natural Disasters – March 25, 2014
  • Outbreaks – April 24, 2014
  • Prioritizing your Biosurveillance Enhancements – June 5, 2014

webinar format

The 4 90-minute webinars include:

  • Relevant examples and lessons learned from guests
  • Presentation of key findings from the report related to the topic
  • Discussion questions to solicit input and foster interaction with hosts/audience/guests
  • Wrap up, knowledge repository resources, evaluation request, and next webinars

All webinars will be recorded and archived for registered participants to view later.

evaluation

All webinar participants will be encouraged to complete a brief feedback survey after the webinar and will also be invited to respond to plans for future resources to support improved situational awareness.

sponsors

The webinar series is presented by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NCPERRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.

contact info

Contact webinar series coordinator, Carol Gunther-Mohr cgm@email.unc.edu, to sign up for upcoming webinars.


MASS GATHERINGS

date

February 27 from 2:00 to 3:30pm Eastern Time

guests

Two staff from the Boston Public Health Commission will discuss the Boston Marathon:
- Julia Gunn, RN, MPH, Director of the Communicable Disease Control Division
- Atyia Martin, MPS, EMT-B, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness

questions addressed

  • What core information was used/is needed to guide mass gathering response?
  • What are the most important information systems needed to provide this information?
  • How should these systems be designed and managed to assure proper system functioning during an emergency?
  • What are some lessons learned and helpful resources?

NATURAL DISASTERS

date

March 25 from 2:00 to 3:30pm Eastern Time

guests

Staff from New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene will discuss the response to Superstorm Sandy:
– Tom Matte, PhD, Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Surveillance and Policy
– Mitch Stripling, MPA, Executive Director, Bureau of Agency Preparedness and Response

questions addressed

  • What core information was used/is needed to guide natural disaster response?
  • What are the most important information systems needed to provide this information?
  • How should these systems be designed and managed to assure proper system functioning during an emergency?
  • What are some lessons learned and helpful resources?

OUTBREAKS

date

April 24 from 2:00 to 3:30pm Eastern Time

guests

Staff from the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, Indiana will discuss the challenges of seasonal flu:
- Shandy Dearth, MPH, Epidemiology Administrator
- Melissa McMasters, RN, BSN, Coordinator, Immunization and Infectious Disease Programs

Additionally, Kathleen Kimball-Baker, Director of the Public Health Practices Project at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), will discuss a national online practice exchange for emergency preparedness and response professionals.

questions addressed

  • What core information was used/is needed to guide the response to disease outbreaks?
  • What are the most important information systems needed to provide this information?
  • How should these systems be designed and managed to assure proper system functioning during an emergency?
  • What are some lessons learned and helpful resources?

Also, Kathleen Kimball-Baker, Director of the Public Health Practices Project (PHP), will discuss the national online practice exchange for emergency preparedness and response professionals, hosted by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. Many of the PHP resources are posted in the Biosurveillance Knowledge Repository.

PRIORITIZING YOUR BIOSURVEILLANCE ENHANCEMENTS

date

June 5 from 2:00 to 3:30pm Eastern Time

guests

- Dr. Chelsey Richards, CDC Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services and Director, Office of Public Health Scientific Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Dr. Perry Smith, Research Professor Epidemiology, State University of New York at Albany and former New York State Epidemiologist

questions addressed

  • What are the strategic national priorities for improving public health surveillance?
  • What do biosurveillance system enhancements cost and what is involved in developing and maintaining them?
  • What are the guiding principles for biosurveillance systems discussed in the webinar series?

 

View the NCPERRC report at http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/nciph-biosurv-sys-rpt/