Hepatitis A screening

The University of Maryland and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response are pleased to announce the release of a new version of eMedCheck.

This PDA-based software is designed for screening individuals at a hepatitis A vaccination clinic. The software asks questions about the patient’s medical history and determines whether the patient should be vaccinated. The software tracks the decisions made as well.

Tarrant County (Texas) Public Health tested this for us during a drive-through hepatitis A vaccination clinic on June 20, 2009. We appreciate their collaboration and feedback.

Mass Vaccination Clinic Planning

The CDC has a set of resources for planning vaccination clinics. These come from a message from CDC’s Division of State and Local Readiness.

U.S. 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Strategy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A graphical depiction of the predicted waves of the outbreak and the expected time frames for vaccine development, manufacturing, and distribution and administration.

Guidance on priority groups for allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine. (Priority groups for H1N1 have yet to be determined.)

Software and tips to consider when you design your mass influenza vaccination clinic, Michael Washington, CDC, National Immunization Conference, 2007.

Tools to Assist with Vaccination Clinic Planning:

BERM Model.

Clinic Planning Model Generator.

Maxi-Vac.

CDC’s Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.

Safety and Security at Mass Influenza Vaccination Clinics, Wisconsin Department of Health Services. An example of items that need consideration.

IIE Transactions Homeland Security Department

The journal IIE Transactions now has a homeland security department. This department intends to publish descriptions of research efforts that develop and test innovative operations research models and methodologies that can help organizations design better homeland security systems, including those for planning, prevention, response, and recovery.

For more information, please see the department web site.

Inside CDC’s EOC

CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is featured in a youTube video. The video interviews staff in the EOC’s team rooms, conference rooms, and other facilities and covers a range of activities, from planning and science to logistics and operations and communications.

Rural transportation networks

Ed Pohl, Heather Nachtmann and Richard Cassady (all from the Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center at the University of Arkansas) have developed a method for assessing the vulnerabilities of rural transportation networks. Unlike the USDOT’s complex approach, this approach uses AHP to identify the most critical assets for further assessment.

The approach first assesses the importance of about 20 factors (or attributes) and then evaluates different assets (airports, highways, dams, etc.) on the important factors. The assets that have the largest combined scores are the most critical.

You can find their report online at http://ww2.mackblackwell.org/web/research/ALL_RESEARCH_PROJECTS/2000s/2085/MBTC-2085.pdf.