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HPP Weekly Update - June 4, 2018

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Week of June 4, 2018

Upcoming Important Dates

· June 20: HPP-PHEP Recipient Conference Call

· June 22: Deadline for abstract submission to the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

This Week’s Updates

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Emergency Response Activities

· CDC Provides Update on 2018 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

 

Grants Management

· HPP-PHEP Recipient Conference Call Scheduled for June 20

· Update: BP1 Reporting Requirements Due October 1 in PERFORMS

 

HPP in the News

· Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition Prepares for Hurricane Season

 

Trainings and Webinars

· Register Now: Health Care System Readiness for Highly Pathogenic Infectious Diseases

 Webinar

 

Other News and Resources

· Senate HELP Committee advances Burr’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize PAHPA

· NACCHO Hosts Radiation Readiness Twitter Chat on Tuesday, June 5

· 2018 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference Accepting Abstract

 

Submissions

· Joint Commission Accepting Abstracts for 2019 Emergency Preparedness Conference

 

ASPR TRACIE

· ASPR TRACIE Technical Assistance Spotlights: Emergency Plan for Sterile Processing Departments

 

Around ASPR

· ASPR Blog ¾ From 1918 to 2018: BARDA’s Role in the Evolution of Pandemic

 

Preparedness

· On Twitter

 

Emergency Response Activities

CDC Provides Update on 2018 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

On May 8, the Ministry of Public Health (MoHP) of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province, in Northwest DRC. The declaration was made after lab confirmation of two cases by Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale in Kinshasa, DRC. This is the ninth outbreak of EVD DRC since 1976, when the virus was discovered. The current outbreak is in a remote, forested area of DRC, which makes it difficult to access the region.

On May 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an Emergency Committee meeting under the authority of the International Health Regulations to assess the EVD outbreak in DRC and determine if conditions warrant declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). WHO can declare a PHEIC when there is a serious international public health threat. This means there is a public health risk to other countries through international spread of disease that may require a coordinated international. The Emergency Committee determined that the conditions for a PHEIC have currently not been met and that there should be no international travel or trade restrictions associated with the outbreak response.

Numbers of cases reported in this outbreak have been changing rapidly. According to WHO, as of May 21, there have been 58 Ebola cases reported (28 confirmed, 21 probable, 9 suspected), including 27 deaths. Most of these cases have been in Bikoro. Four cases have been reported in Mbandaka, a city of about 1.2 million people. Nine neighboring countries, including Congo-Brazzaville and Central African Republic, have been advised by the WHO that they are at high risk of spread and have received equipment and personnel support from WHO.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises health care providers in the United States to continue to obtain a travel history from all patients seeking care. Providers should promptly isolate patients that have symptoms compatible with EVD and a recent (within 21 days) history of travel to the affected areas in the Equateur Province of DRC, pending diagnostic testing. Providers should also consider other infectious disease risks that are much more common in returning travelers, including malaria.

DRC’s MoHP is leading the response, with support from WHO, CDC, and other international partners. WHO developed a comprehensive strategic response plan that outlines key activities for rapid and localized outbreak control, including surveillance, case investigation, contract tracing, case management, safe burials, community engagement, social mobilization, and use of ring vaccination. CDC has deployed and will continue to deploy disease detectives and other experts to assist during this outbreak.

For more information about Ebola, please visit CDC’s Ebola virus disease website.

Grants Management

HPP-PHEP Recipient Conference Call Scheduled for June 20

The next monthly HPP-PHEP recipient conference call is scheduled for 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Participant information is provided below:

· Bridge Line: (888)-832-5936

· Participant Code: 3358383

 

 

Update: BP1 Reporting Requirements Due October 1 in PERFORMS

As part of the end-of-year reporting requirements for Budget Period 1 (BP1), all jurisdictions must complete the following in PERFORMS by October 1:

 

· BP1 Annual Progress Report (APR)

    -Work plan updates and PAHPRA benchmark data

    -Preparedness training outcomes, success stories, accomplishments, and program impact statements

 

· BP1 PHEP performance measure data

 

· BP1 HPP performance measure data

 

· BP1 Final Federal Financial Reports (FFRs)

   -HPP Final FFR (SF-425)

   -PHEP Final FFR (SF-425)

   -Combined HPP and PHEP FFR (SF-425)

 

As a reminder, the BP1 and BP1 Supplement reporting requirements timelines are located in the PERFORMS Resource Library.

 

Additional information regarding financial reports or other administrative requirements will be forthcoming from the Office of Grants Services.

HPP in the News

Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition Prepares for Hurricane Season

With hurricane season upon us, planning and preparing for natural disasters is more important than ever—and health care coalitions are leading the charge. Earlier this month, the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition (EVHC) participated in a statewide hurricane evacuation drill with FEMA’s Vigilant Guard and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Residents and staff from the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, one of EVHC’s 350+ members, volunteered for the exercise. Over 30 residents acted as patients in need of emergency evacuation to other health care facilities.

Working together with FEMA, the Air National Guard, and the Army Reserve, EVHC used the exercise as an opportunity to test the ability of the region’s health care providers to operationalize their emergency operations plans. EVHC led resource and information management during the exercise, serving as a central coordination point for participating health care organizations. Read more about the exercise below.

 

Trainings and Webinars

Register Now: Health Care System Readiness for Highly Pathogenic Infectious Diseases Webinar

ASPR TRACIE and the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) will co-host a webinar focused on the U.S. health care system readiness for highly pathogenic infectious diseases from 1:00–2:15 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

 

Speakers will provide an overview of the current situation in the DRC; describe the regional, tiered system established to manage patients suspected and known to be infected with EVD or other special pathogens; provide updates on current Ebola readiness and trends; reinforce the “identify, isolate, and inform” response framework; and share best practices and lessons learned from previous experience.

 

Please see this flyer for more information and to register for this free webinar, which is limited to the first 1,000 registrants.

Other News and Resources

Senate HELP Committee advances Burr’s bipartisan bill to reauthorize PAHPA
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on May 23 approved 22-1 the pending Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, S.2852.

Read More on HomelandPrepNews.com

NACCHO Hosts Radiation Readiness Twitter Chat on Tuesday, June 5
NACCHO will host a Radiation Readiness Twitter Chat from 2:00 PM3:00 PM ET on Tuesday, June 5. The event is planned to help raise awareness of radiation preparedness resources and information. The NACCHO Twitter handle (@NACCHOalerts) will be hosting the chat using #RadReady. Topics scheduled to be covered during this chat include the following:

· Supporting Mass Care Operations / Radiation Sheltering

· Dispelling Common Radiation Myths / Misconceptions

· Radiation Response Volunteers

· Radiation Health Effects / Internal Contamination

· Risk Communication / Public Information

 

The target audience for the Twitter chat is federal, state, and local health department representatives hoping to learn more about radiation preparedness and engage in conversation with their public health peers on radiation preparedness topics. All Twitter users are welcome to participate.

 

 

2018 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference Accepting Abstract Submissions

The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) Planning Committee invites health care, public health, Emergency Medical Services, emergency management, health care coalition and other professionals nationwide to showcase their best practices to promote and advance the development of health care coalitions and demonstrate their role in preparedness and response. The deadline for abstract submission to the conference is 11:59 PM ET on Friday, June 22, 2018. Start your submission here.

 

 

Joint Commission Accepting Abstracts for 2019 Emergency Preparedness Conference

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) are seeking proposals for practitioner-based, change-focused processes and practices for the 2019 Emergency Preparedness Conference. The focus of the abstracts should include new processes, technologies, techniques and/or tools, creativity, and innovation used within any health care setting used to demonstrate a successful approach to preparedness. The deadline for abstract submission to the conference is September 1, 2018. Start your submission here.

ASPR TRACIE

ASPR TRACIE Technical Assistance Spotlights: Emergency Plan for Sterile Processing Departments

On average, ASPR TRACIE receives over 100 requests for technical assistance (TA) per month. Some of the redacted responses are summarized here and can be found on the Information Exchange to benefit other stakeholders. In these weekly reports, ASPR TRACIE will periodically highlight TAs that may be of particular interest to stakeholders.

 

ASPR TRACIE provided resources to a hospital to support the development of a disaster/emergency plan for its sterile processing department. This redacted TA response provides the resources found and the comments received from the ASPR TRACIE Subject Matter Expert Cadre.

Around ASPR

ASPR Blog ¾ From 1918 to 2018: BARDA’s Role in the Evolution of Pandemic Preparedness

BARDA and its industry partners have made tremendous strides to build better, faster, and more flexible vaccine technologies to enable the right vaccine to be where we need it, when we need it. Combating this age-old problem is an epic challenge, and there is still work to be done to speed availability of life-saving vaccines in a pandemic.

In September 1918, a doctor stationed at Camp Devens, a military base located near Boston, Massachusetts, wrote a letter to a colleague:

This epidemic started about four weeks ago and has developed so rapidly that the camp is demoralized….These men start with what appears to be an attack of la grippe or influenza, and when brought to the hospital they very rapidly develop the most vicious type of pneumonia that has ever been seen…. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate. It is horrible.

Read More

 

On Twitter

Follow ASPR @PHEgov!

 

· When the @BARDA DRIVe - Division of Research, Innovation & Ventures – is breaking down barriers to partner with #innovators, #investors & #accelerators across the country to solve the nation’s most challenging systemic threats to #HealthSecurity. Starting June 5, 2018. #DRIVeInnovation. Click here to learn more.

 

· The HHS emPOWER Map has helped communities across the country support people who rely on durable medical equipment when disaster strikes. Learn more: http://empowermap.hhs.gov #IAEMThinkTank. Click here to learn more.

 

· Dr. Kadlec: In every community in this country, we have dedicated healthcare providers that will stand up and do the right thing. Before that disaster strikes, we need to better define what the right thing is. Drills & practice matter. #IAEMThinkTank. Click here to learn more.

 

Note: ASPR provides the above sources of information for the convenience of the HPP community and is not responsible for the availability or content of the information or tools provided, nor does ASPR endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered. It is the responsibility of the user to determine the usefulness and applicability of the information provided.


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