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Participating agencies 

  • American Meteorological Society: The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is a professional society that promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Founded in 1919, the AMS publishes nine journals, sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services.  This past year the AMS' Policy Program has introduced a new applied-research journal called: "Weather, Climate and Society" where environmental impacts to society are examined.  We focus on both climate and severe weather impacts to human health.
  • American Public Health Association: the American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. APHA will highlight activities and resources from their Health Administration and Medical Care sections regarding hospital management.
  • The Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Partnership: collaboration among area hospitals to leverage resources to respond to local, regional, and national emergencies affecting the Washington area and to conduct research about emergency preparedness and response. 
  • Health Canada
  • Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) generates new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and transfers it into practice for the betterment of workers. NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, disseminates information, and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations. NIOSH also serves as the major support for occupational safety and health research in U.S. academic centers.
  • National Library of Medicine: free access to health resources on disasters/emergencies NLM will demonstrate PubMed Central (free full-text article database), MedlinePlus (health information for the public) and MedlinePlus en español, Tox Town in Second Life and other health information tools and resources. 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  NOAA is a federal agency that enriches life through science.  NOAA’s weather forecasts, climate research and monitoring, fisheries management, and support for marine commerce protect lives and property, enhance our economy and safeguard our natural resources. NOAA’s scientists conduct cutting-edge research to provide citizens and decision makers with the reliable information they need about our changing environment.
  • Yale/New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response: Ensuring community sustainability after crises hinges on establishing safe, functional and community-integrated hospitals. The Center demonstrates how Hospital Emergency Support Functions (HESF) contribute to resiliency by strengthening hospital operability during a disaster. View table-top displays, poster presentations and pick up articles on safe hospitals. 

. . . and from PAHO/WHO

  • PAHO/WHO Emergency Operations Center: PAHO's EOC will offer a display of the work being done to integrate hospital pandemic preparedness plans into the Hospital's Disaster Plan and to test them with simulation exercises.
  • Health of the Workers: When disaster strikes, who responds? Health care workers are at the front lines of an emergency, helping to save lives both inside and outside of hospitals. Optimizing their health, safety, and well-being in health care settings ensures that they will be available and prepared to provide the best possible care. PAHO/WHO's Workers’ Health Program and WHO/PAHO collaborating Centers in Occupational Health have developed a range of invaluable tools and resources to promote and protect workers’ health and safety in the health sector during disasters and everyday. 
  • Human Resources Well-Being Unit: What do you do if a disaster strikes here in DC? What is the quickest way out of the city? Where did you say you would meet your family, and how do you get in contact with them? Does your emergency kit contain what you need? Stop by the Well-Being booth for information to help you answer these questions and more.  See a sample disaster/emergency kit, and pick up a checklist for suggestions on what yours should contain. Receive a wallet-sized card with important tips and resources, and space for you to write down and keep your most important contacts with you at all times.
  • The Virtual Hospital: Take a virtual tour of a ‘safe hospital’ using a new DVD-based learning tool from PAHO/WHO. Along your journey, you will use different multimedia tools to learn what a safe hospital is, identify which hospital components can potentially put the facility at risk, and see what can be done to improve the level of safety. Take time to look through the reference library. Watch a demo or navigate through the hospital at your own pace.



Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2009 08:18

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