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Community Health Resilience Workshop 2011

We welcome your participation in the Community Health Resilience Workshop 2011: Developing a Health Information Sharing and Situational Awareness Framework. The workshop will be an open dialogue that identifies information requirements, capabilities, and areas of cooperation among government, the private sector, and non-profit communities that could lead to a nationwide approach.

Workshop attendees will have the chance to:
 
♦   Interact and build relationships with a growing network of health information and community resilience experts and stakeholder organizations;
♦   Gain insights on information sharing initiatives; and
♦   Help influence the development of an information sharing and situational awareness framework.

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Challenges Loom as World Population Hits 7 Billion

submitted by Samuel Bendett

by David Crary - Associated Press - October 17, 2011

She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.

"I regret to have made all those children," says Godelive Ndageramiwe. "If I were to start over, I would only make two or three."

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RN Volunteer Opportunities for First Aid Support in Cities Across America

    nationalnursesunited.org - RN Response Network - October 13, 2011

As a past volunteer for the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), we wish to thank you again for your desire to help people and communities in need.

Now we are asking for your help again, to join our first aid efforts in cities across the U.S. where Americans are rallying for real solutions to our national economic emergency.

You were there when we dispatched volunteers to assist with the recovery effort following a tsunami in South Asia, a hurricane on the Gulf Coast, Southern California wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti, and with contributions following this spring’s disaster in Japan.

RN volunteers have made a difference on each occasion, even when we have faced huge hurdles, including substantial governmental impediments, for example, to placing volunteers on the ground in Haiti. Yet on each occasion, RNRN did act, and sent as many volunteers as possible in these heroic humanitarian efforts.

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The Next Five Years in Health IT: ONC's Plan for the Future

by Helen R. Pfister and Susan R. Ingargiola, Manatt Health Solutions - ihealthbeat.org - October 11, 2011

On Sept. 12, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released an updated strategic plan for implementing a nationwide health information network. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015 sets forth activities to improve health care through use of health IT tools.

Below is an overview of the Strategic Plan and some of the federal government's newest initiatives, including the Query Health initiative, the electronic health record data segmentation initiative and various initiatives to drive consumer engagement in health care, such as the recent proposed regulation affording individuals direct access to laboratory results.

Strategic Plan Background

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4 Dead Dolphins Wash Up on Gulf Coast Beaches in 5 Days; Deaths Part of 'Unusual Mortality Event'

by Ben Raines - al.com - October 12, 2011

Photo - Courtesy of John C. S. Pierce

This dolphin was found on the Mobile Bay side of the Fort Morgan peninsula Saturday morning, one of four found since Friday. The death brings the total number of dead dolphins found since the BP oil spill to more than 400. Federal officials say an "Unusual Mortality Event" has been declared for the Gulf's dolphin population, which have been dying at a rate 5 to 10 times higher than average.

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama -- A dolphin carcass, bloated and violet in the morning sun, was found on Fort Morgan early Saturday, bringing the number lost since the BP oil spill to more than 400. 

Three other dolphins have washed up in Alabama in the past week, including a pregnant female on Dauphin Island and a mother and calf pair on Hollingers Island in Mobile Bay.

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Arctic Ozone Loss 'Unprecedented,' Scientists Say

by Emily Chung - CBC News - October 3, 2011

        

Left: Ozone in Earth's stratosphere at an altitude of approximately 12 miles (20 kilometers) in mid-March 2011, near the peak of the 2011 Arctic ozone loss. Right: chlorine monoxide – the primary agent of chemical ozone destruction in the cold polar lower stratosphere – for the same day and altitude. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Environment Canada cuts could disable future Canadian measurements

Unusual winter weather in the atmosphere high above the Earth's surface caused an "unprecedented" loss of protective ozone over the Arctic this year, scientists say.

The ozone layer in the stratosphere, located about 15 to 35 kilometres above the Earth's surface, protects the Earth from the sun's ultraviolet rays and harmful effects such as skin cancer. While an ozone hole has formed in the stratosphere over the Antarctic each spring since the mid 1980s, a paper published in Nature on Sunday marks the first time scientists have reported a comparable loss over the Arctic.

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FDA's Jensen Says Drug Shortages Largely Result Of "Quality Issues"

submitted by Luis Kun

HealthDay (10/3, Gardner) reports, "Prescription drug shortages in the United States, which reached a record high last year, are getting worse, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday." Valerie Jensen, associate director for the Drug Shortage Program within FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said that "so far this year, some 200 drug shortages have occurred compared to 178 in all of 2010." Jensen added that "many of the scarce drugs are injectables...used to treat serious conditions such as cancer. Some are only given in hospitals and are 'absolutely critical.'" Causes listed for the shortages include "quality issues, such as sterility or drug impurities," "delays or manufacturing capacity problems," "discontinuation" and "raw material shortages." The first is the largest cause by far responsible for over half of the shortages.

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Experts to Discuss National Healthcare and the Role of IT - Oct 6th

Leverage IT for Effective Government Healthcare Programs

FEDERAL EXECUTIVE
BRIEFING

 

Thursday, October 6

7:30 - 8:30am
Registration, Networking Breakfast & Book Signing

8:30 - 11:00am
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The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20004

In 2010, legislation changed how American citizens, service providers, insurers, and Federal, state and local governments approach national healthcare. Join Federal Computer Week for this free Federal Executive Briefing on October 6 to discuss the direct implications of these nationwide changes for citizens, businesses and public sector organizations.

There is no doubt that strategic application of information technology has a pivotal role in decreasing operating costs, improving quality of service, and retaining reliable patient, doctor, and insurance information. Following David Walker’s Keynote address hear subject matter experts discuss relevant technologies that directly support more effective Government Health IT programs.

You Will Learn:

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CARRI Announcement: New Organizational Home for CARRI with Meridian Institute

                                 

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IT and Information Sharing Environments for Community Health Resilience

Information Technology (IT) and Information Sharing Environments (ISEs) are crucial to the evolution of community health resilience.  Most people working to improve community health resilience do not understand the nuances of Information Sharing Environments, and how the rapid shifts in IT, mobile devices, social media, cloud computing, peer to peer parallel processing, smart grids, and the linking of millions of people, mobile devices, computers, and sensors are creating a societal mind, which is transforming community health resilience and the health and human security of Americans.

If you have thoughts on these topics, please comment within this collaboratory thread.

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