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					                  UCLA
  Center for Public Health and Disasters
              Summer, 2006                  ...advancing interdisciplinary efforts to reduce       Volume 16
                                                the health impacts of disasters on human
                                                              populations.


                             Director’s Message                                                      Inside This Issue:
                th
              5 UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters
Our fifth annual national conference was held in Long Beach, California, from May 21-              Director’s Message         1
24, and attracted over 300 participants. Delegates came from 26 states, the District of
Columbia, and Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Canada. Space constraints limit my                CPHD Workshop
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                                                                                                        Series
ability to describe all of the excellent presentations at this year’s conference, but here are
a few highlights for those of you who couldn’t join us.                                             LA County ICS
                                                                                                                              3
                                                                                                 Public Health Training
Dr. Lenny Marcus’ Opening Keynote address examined the qualities that make success-
ful leaders for unprecedented events. He described these “mega leaders” as having the              Calendar of Events         4
characteristics of courage, curiosity, and imagination, and stressed the need for such indi-
viduals to spearhead efforts in “connectivity” of existing, well-running agencies in re-              Fall Courses            4
sponse to large-scale emergencies. Drs. Mary Kendrick, Umair Shah, and Paul Sirbaugh
comprised a marvelous panel of university, county and private hospital experts from
Houston, and reported on their respective and collaborative efforts in caring for over
30,000 displaced persons from New Orleans, thousands of whom arrived with less than
24 hours notice. The expertise of each separate agency led to a sum that was greater than
its parts. Sick, undernourished, and grieving hurricane survivors were housed in four
major venues, where they received food, water, hygiene care, medical care, and social               CPHD Highlights:
services for 3 weeks. Dr. Robyn Gershon gave a fascinating report on the preliminary             Exercise Design Workshop
analysis of evacuation behavior in the World Trade Center bombings. Her research team
has begun to identify the relationships between decision-making, individual knowledge,           Designing, Conducting and
and beliefs about the situation and how these variables affect the choices made by those           Evaluating Functional
who were successful in their efforts to flee prior to the collapse of the twin towers. Dr.          Exercises Workshop
Jonathan Fielding, the Los Angeles County Health Officer, gave a thought provoking
                                                                                                   Date: August 7-9, 2006
Closing Keynote on the ethics and economic impact of an influenza pandemic. The stark            Location: Bloomington, MN
realities of numbers of ill patients, limited medical capacity, and issues of revised stan-       The goal of this workshop is to
dards of medical practice were juxtaposed with projected losses to the work force (both          provide emergency public health
general and health care), issues of social distancing, and implementation and enforce-            planners with the concepts and
ment of public health law.                                                                           tools needed to develop,
                                                                                                     conduct, and evaluate an
Some of the afternoon breakout sessions addressed the role of the military in domestic              exercise that will challenge
disasters, techniques for field data collection on health impacts of displaced populations,      specific performance objectives
games and simulations for public health preparedness, and public health incident com-                 of a health department.
mand. The entire conference program can be viewed on the Center’s website                         This workshop was designed in
(www.cphd.ucla.edu) under “Conferences.”                                                         collaboration with the University
                                                                                                  of Minnesota Center for Public
See what you missed? Not to worry…the 6th Conference, celebrating the 10th anniver-                    Health Preparedness.
sary of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, will be held from May 6-9,                   Registration is limited.
2007. We hope to see you in Southern California next year!
                                                                                                  For more information , please
                                                                                                        visit our website
Steven J. Rottman, MD, FACEP                                                                         www.cphd.ucla.edu or
                                                                                                      call (612) 626-4515.
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           UCLA
  Center for Public Health
       and Disasters             Workshop Series: Topics in Public Health Preparedness
             Faculty
                             The UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters will be holding two workshops on July 20-21,
                             2006 at the Inn by the Lake in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
            Director
   Steven J. Rottman, MD     WORKSHOP 1: CONDUCTING A HAZARD RISK ASSESSMENT
     Associate Director      Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Linda Bourque, PhD
                             The 2005-06 Public Health Preparedness guidance from CDC requires that all jurisdictions
     Assistant Director      conduct a hazard assessment. This workshop utilizes a tool developed to assist public health
   Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH     agencies in identifying their community's hazards, assessing the likelihood of occurrence, and
                             quantifying their impacts on the public's health. Participants will learn how to utilize the tool to
                             conduct a hazard risk assessment for their jurisdiction.
         Senior Program
            Managers
                             Objectives:
     Alina Dorian, PhD       By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
     Arpana Gupta, MD
   Merritt Schreiber, PhD    •   Assess the probability of hazards in your community

     Program Managers        •   Assess the vulnerability of your community and public health agency in relation to
         and Staff               the impact of the hazard
    Gretchen Baumhover
                             •   Score the hazard’s consequence on human impact, interruption of healthcare services,
    Nicole Brzeski, MPH
                                 community impact, and impact on the public health infrastructure
         Chara Burnstein
    Sandra Hyduk, MPH        •   Conduct a risk analysis for each hazard based on its probability and the severity of its
   Allison Kamerman, MS          consequences
         Eva Klein-Selski
                             WORKSHOP 2: RISK COMMUNICATION: WORKING IN A JOINT INFORMATION
  Armine Kourouyan, MPH      CENTER (JIC)
    Sarah Kuljian, MPH       Friday, July 21, 2006, 10:00am - 4:00pm
           Ryan Miller
                             A key component of NIMS is an integrated public information strategy. This workshop will
    Katheleen Shea, MPH
                             provide public health professionals with the knowledge and skills to function within a Joint
     Emily Smith, MPH        Information Center (JIC).
    Alaina Snyder, MPA
                             Objectives:
                             By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
             CPHD
    1145 Gayley Avenue,      •   Function within a Joint Information Center (JIC)
            Suite 304
   Los Angeles, CA 90024
                             •   Apply the theories and principles of risk communication while functioning in a JIC
     Tel: 310-794-0864
                             •   Understand the role of the media in risk communication
     Fax: 310-794-0889
     www.cphd.ucla.edu       •   Realize the skills and strategies for effective communication during a press conference
         cphdr@ucla.edu
                                     For more information or to register for these workshops, please visit our website
                                                                  www.cphd.ucla.edu.
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                 Los Angeles County Public Health ICS Training
                                            By Emily O. Smith, MPH
                                    UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters

Between April and June, 2006, the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters trained Los Angeles County
Public Health programmatic staff in the Incident Command System (ICS). The Incident Command System is a
framework, or hierarchical structure, staff are to use when responding to a disaster. These trainings were meant to
familiarize Los Angeles County public health staff with the ICS structure, in general, as well as the LA County
Public Health ICS structure, in particular. By the end of the 13 one-day trainings, nearly 700 staff had been
trained!
Training participants represented various programs from LA County Public Health: from Environmental Health
to the Office of AIDS Program and Policy to Acute Communicable Disease Control to the Public Health
Laboratory and beyond. Most staff had some basic knowledge of the Incident Command System while others had
no previous knowledge; a few of the staff showed up as experts in ICS. Many of the staff—regardless of
knowledge level at the outset—left feeling like experts! Here’s why: Most of the participants felt as if they had
learned something new in the training; they felt that they had a better understanding of the LA County Public
Health ICS structure and the various roles during emergency response.
The trainings, which took place at venues throughout Los Angeles County, consisted of two main components.
The first component of the training was a two-hour lecture which covered the Incident Command System, the
Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Following this formal lecture, there was a brief “hat-wearing” activity to review specific functional roles within
the ICS.
The second component of the training was a tabletop exercise. The trainer read an outbreak scenario aloud to the
group and discussed some considerations for public health responders. The participants were then asked to split
into smaller groups, assume ICS roles, and develop objectives for responding to the outbreak. Many participants
commented that this exercise was their favorite part of the day.
On a personal note, I would like to thank my colleagues at CPHD and Los Angeles County Public Health for the
planning and implementation of the trainings. I would especially like to thank all of the training participants for
taking time from their “everyday jobs” to learn about the roles they may play in the event of an emergency. Well
done and many thanks for your enthusiasm!




                                               Save the Date:
                                              May 6-9, 2007
                  6th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters
                 About CPHD
     The UCLA Center for Public Health
                                                                                    Calendar of Events
     and Disasters is part of a national
                                                               Workshops Series: Topics in Public Health Preparedness
     network of Centers for Public Health
     Preparedness (CPHP) funded by the                                       •    July 20-21, 2006, Lake Tahoe, CA
     Centers for Disease Control and Pre-
     vention. The network is charged with                 Designing, Conducting and Evaluating Functional Exercises Workshop
     the responsibility of ensuring a strong                             •       August 7-9, 2006, Bloomington, MN
     public health system and providing
     lifelong learning opportunities to pub-
     lic health professionals to prepare the
     public health workforce to respond to
     current and emerging public health
     threats.
                                                                                   Fall 2006 Course List
     CPHD offers a myriad of services and
     resources to state and local health                CHS 254— Intentional Disasters: Complex Emergencies and Forced Migration
     departments throughout the United
     States. For more information, visit               CHS 257— Program Planning in Community Disaster Preparedness: Hazard Risk
     our website at www.cphd.ucla.edu or                                 Assessment and Response Planning
     contact us at cphdplan@ucla.edu.
                                                                       CHS 451— Post-Disaster Community Health




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