PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Breaking language barriers with preparedness messages

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Public Health Practices online database showcases expert-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning and response.Jun 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – After the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, officials in some of Minnesota’s largest public health departments identified a big gap in their communications strategy: They had few options for getting important health and safety information to diverse state residents who speak limited English.A coalition of communications officials from state, county, and local health and service agencies came together to form the Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO), with the goal of reaching limited–English-proficiency (LEP) groups with vital health and safety information.”In a crisis, you have to have the media,” said Lillian McDonald, executive director of ECHO. McDonald had worked in broadcast media for several years before she signed on in 2003 to convene a group of public information officers to devise ways to bring preparedness information to LEP populations. “But the mainstream media wouldn’t touch this.”Building relationshipsBy September 2004, ECHO had forged a partnership with Minnesota’s public television system to produce and air a series of 20-minute programs in languages that reflect Minnesota’s unique cultural landscape: Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, and English.Topics covered in the series, believed to be the first in the nation, range from Lyme disease to severe weather warnings to pandemic influenza. One of the most recent programs, for example, addressed the mass dispensing of medications in the event of an influenza pandemic or terrorist attack.McDonald said ECHO hopes to someday have the capacity to go on the air live in a disaster situation such as an illness outbreak. During a local emergency, such as a chemical spill, ECHO can use its phone, fax, and Web portals to update residents on how to protect themselves and their families.She said the program has been able to address some emerging health threats—for example pediatric flu deaths and illness and deaths from poisonous mushrooms—that are specific to some of its audience groups.Viewership has expanded threefold, to about 9,500 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, she said. “Word of mouth has been unbelievable,” she said. ECHO recently expanded its coverage across Minnesota through additional public television affiliates. Now, nearly all of the state can access the ECHO broadcasts.One of the keys to ECHO’s acceptance in the LEP populations has been customizing each topic for each language by featuring native-speaking on-air personalities and expert guests. “We’re giving communities their own voice—we’re creating bridges,” she said.Expanding reach with different formatsRealizing that the important public health messages need to have a longer shelf-life and be available in a variety of formats, ECHO also offers programs and materials on the phone and Web and on DVDs.Phone messages change monthly and, during nonemergency times, feature seasonal advice, for example avoiding foodborne illnesses during summer months. On ECHO’s Web site, viewers can access current and past programs. In addition to the array of languages offered on the television programs, the phone messages are also offered in Russian, Arabic, Oromo, and English.The system also sends fax and e-mail health alerts to community organizations that work with Minnesota’s LEP populations.McDonald said despite little money for advertising, publicizing the various components of ECHO hasn’t been difficult, given the involvement of communications officials in the system. “Word of mouth has been unbelievable,” she said.Moving toward greater sustainabilityECHO would like to maintain its momentum and even grow to meet its audience’s changing needs, McDonald said, but shrinking grant dollars are a challenge. Some foundations would like to donate to the organization, but they often run into rules that prohibit giving to government organizations. Currently, ECHO’s fiscal agent is the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), based in St Paul.”If we’re going to be going around door knocking, we need to have a business model—we can’t be all government,” she said.McDonald said one promising avenue is for ECHO to become a nonprofit group under the arm of the AMC’s nonprofit research foundation. She said ECHO has submitted the proposed arrangement to the Internal Revenue Service and hopes it is approved.See also:View tools and reviewer’s comments from the “Emergency and Community Health Outreach” practicelast_img read more

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China evacuates 100,000 as floods threaten heritage site

first_imgFloods on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze river forced authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 people on Tuesday and threatened a 1,200-year-old world heritage site.Staff, police and volunteers used sandbags to try to protect the 71-metre (233-foot) Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southwestern Sichuan province, as muddy flood water rose over its toes for the first time since 1949, state broadcaster CCTV reported.Sichuan, through which the Yangtze river flows, raised its emergency response to the maximum level on Tuesday to cope with a new round of torrential rainfall. Authorities have been at pains to show that the cascade of giant dams and reservoirs built along the Yangtze’s upper reaches have shielded the region from the worst of the floods this year, though critics say they might be making things worse. Topics :center_img The Yangtze Water Resources Commission, the government body that oversees the river, declared a red alert late on Tuesday, saying water at some monitoring stations was expected to exceed “guaranteed” flood protection levels by over 5 metres.The Three Gorges Project, a massive hydroelectric facility designed in part to tame floods on the Yangtze, is expected to see water inflows rise to 74,000 cubic metres per second on Wednesday, the highest since it was built, the Ministry of Water Resources said.The project restricts the amount of water flowing downstream by storing it in its reservoir, which has been over 10 metres higher than its official warning level for more than a month.The facility was forced to raise water discharge volumes on Tuesday in order to “reduce flood control pressures”, the water ministry said.last_img read more

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In Williamsport, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited Crossroads Counseling, Inc., a Center of Excellence in Williamsport, to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”“The challenge we face is not new, the suffering is as painful as it has always been for individuals who are addicted, the battle no smaller,” said Denise Feger, PhD Program Director for Crossroads Counseling, Inc.. “The resources have become less, the addicted have become more, and the battle has become more challenging. Developing a Center of Excellence offers a foundation to combat the opioid epidemic in our communities.  In partnership with the local Single County Authorities, we eagerly await the inception of this Center to offer innovative comprehensive options to those working to overcome opioid addiction.”The current path of treatment for people who have opioid-related substance use disorders can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The links between behavioral health treatment and physical health treatment are often broken or not made at all. This means people may drop out of treatment after they receive care for their physical symptoms, bypassing critical components of care such as behavioral therapies and connection to community supports that can lead to meaningful recovery from substance use disorder.The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The use of medication (like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone), coupled with wrap-around supportive services, can prevent people from relapsing and improve their chances for recovery, ultimately driving the aforementioned statistics in the opposite direction.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.DHS is currently working with its actuaries to determine whether additional COEs can be funded by analyzing the impact they will have on the physical and behavioral health Medicaid managed care rates.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter In Williamsport, Governor Wolf Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemiccenter_img August 08, 2016last_img read more

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US Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal the Jones Act

first_imgSenior United States Senator from Utah, Michael Lee, has introduced the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill which would repeal the Jones Act and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports.“Restricting trade between U.S. ports is a huge loss for American consumers and producers. It is long past time to repeal the Jones Act entirely so that Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Puerto Ricans aren’t forced to pay higher prices for imported goods—and so they rapidly receive the help they need in the wake of natural disasters,” Lee explained.In 1920, Congress passed the Jones Act, which requires all goods transported by water between U.S. ports to be carried on a vessel constructed in the U.S., registered in the U.S., owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed primarily by U.S. citizens.The Cato Institute estimates that after accounting for the inflated costs of transportation and infrastructure, the forgone wages and output, the lost domestic and foreign business revenue, and the monetized environmental toll the annual cost of the Jones Act is in the tens of billions of dollars. And that figure doesn’t even include the annual administration and oversight costs of the law.last_img read more

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‘COVID-19 patients who refuse to share info will be penalized’

first_img Nograles also said that the guidelines for this matter will come from the DOH as he vowed that proper handling of personal information should be taken into account in crafting the guidelines. “This is really a public health concern. Nasa state of calamity po tayo at hindi pupuwedeng magsinungaling ang mga pasyente at magbigay ng misinformation,” Nograles said. Drilon was pointing to measures such as the temporary suspension on the deployment of healthcare workers abroad and the disclosure of personal information related to positive cases. “Today, we are confronted with a clash between the rights of the people under the Constitution, and duty and obligation of the state to protect and promote public interest due to COVID 19 pandemic,” the Ilonggo senator said./PN MANILA – Confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who will not divulge key information will be penalized, Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles warned. Nograles stressed that it is a must for COVID-19 patients to share accurate information to the Department of Health (DOH) to help the government in its contact tracing efforts and policy directions. Nograles has earlier said that the government has made it mandatory the public disclosure of personal information relating to positive cases of COVID-19 to strengthen the government’s contact tracing efforts. “Concealment is not a government policy. In fact, we want more openness, candor, honesty, and truthfulness here because the more truthful people are, including patients, mas makaka-react po tayo ng tama,” Nograles said. Nograles also cited Republic Act 11332 or Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, which states that non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report the notifiable diseases carries a penalty of fine of not less than P20,000 but not more than P50,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months or both fine and imprisonment. Meanwhile, opposition senator Franklin Drilon warned that some of the measures being implemented by IATF in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic could have underlying effects on some rights under existing laws.last_img read more

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Wilder blames ring-walk costume for defeat

first_imgDEONTAY Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.The American, 34, said his costume was too heavy and as a result he “didn’t have the legs” for the fight.Britain’s Fury, 31, produced a dominant display to win the title in Las Vegas on Saturday when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.Wilder also told US media he will exercise his rematch clause for a third fight against Fury.“Fury didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder told Yahoo.Wilder said the costume, which featured armour, a mask and a crown, weighed at least 40 pounds (18.1kg) and was a tribute to Black History Month.Fury was carried to the ring on a throne, while also wearing a crown.“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight – in the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through,” added Wilder.“I was only able to put it on (for the first time) the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy.“I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”Fury floored Wilder with a jab and right-hand combination in the third round before a left hand to the body sent the previously unbeaten Wilder down again in the fifth.Wilder was taken to hospital after the fight but said he did not suffer a concussion, broken ear drum or broken jaw as had been speculated, but did require stitches to close a cut in his ear.He also criticised assistant trainer Mark Breland for stopping the fight.“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” he said.“It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principle thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened.“I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield.“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”Wilder has 30 days to invoke the rematch clause in his contract in order to try and reclaim the title from Fury, having drawn their first encounter in December 2018. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Linebacker Cullen commits to Syracuse, becomes 1st Massachusetts pledge

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Outside linebacker Shyheim Cullen has committed to Syracuse, becoming the 14th member of the Orange’s Class of 2015, according to multiple sources.Cullen attends Lowell (Mass.) High School and is listed at 6 feet, 1 inch and 210 pounds on his Scout.com profile. He is not ranked or rated by the site.Syracuse was Cullen’s only offer on the table, but he also had interest in Rutgers, Boston College and Massachusetts, according to Scout.com. Cullen received the offer from SU in May and impressed at a camp on Saturday, according to Scout.comHe becomes the first verbal pledge from Massachusetts and the first linebacker in this year’s class. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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888 integrate BetBright into group following acquisition

first_img Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Share Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Submit Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Following the takeover of Irish operator BetBright earlier in the week, it has been clarified that the BetBright’s Dublin headquarters were to be integrated into the 888 group, and that players would have 30 days to access accounts to withdraw funds or winnings.As a goodwill gesture, 888 announced that any bets placed on the BetBright platform for the Cheltenham Festival would be honoured, however it remains unclear as to what will happen for all other unsettled bets. A spokesperson for 888 said: “As a gesture of goodwill, 888 will be honouring and paying out on all winning Cheltenham Festival bets which were placed through BetBright’s sportsbook.”Investors have been asked to withdraw all investments from the platform in the coming 30 days. Meanwhile the sponsorship deal between BetBright and Nottingham Forest Football Club is being discussed by representatives from both the club and BetBright.Analysts from Regulus Partners responded to the news of the takeover by pointing out that while over £60m has been invested in BetBright since 2013, the company was only sold to 888 for £15m, suggesting a “complete business failure rather strategic realignment”.The brand’s shortfalling, according to Regulus, could be as a result of recent tax hikes in both the UK and Ireland, in addition to early-stage growth projections being hindered by an underlying market slowdown. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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