Volume 10 | March 2020
Aligning Action for Health
The Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub is committed to supporting Louisiana residents as we work together in face of the unprecedented public health disaster COVID-19 has created. Although the LA-HRH was created in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we are using the strategies, resources, and partnerships we developed to assist communities throughout Louisiana respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have compiled resources and posted them to the Louisiana Public Health Institute's COVID-19 page . Our goal is to provide you with accurate, effective, and timely information. During this rapidly changing situation, it is important to pay attention to the factual information from the Office of the Governor, Louisiana Department of Health, New Orleans Health Department, and CDC.

We will continue to provide important updates and relevant information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has also launched a daily newsletter focused on emerging infectious diseases like COVID-19 . Learn more and subscribe here .
How Can We Support You?
Our recovery from COVID-19, hurricanes, and other natural disasters is strengthened when we work together, share resources, and identify and respond to needs of impacted communities, particularly communities impacted by inequities.
We want to hear from you: what assistance do you need to address your organization’s needs and the communities you engage with? Examples of assistance include:

  • facilitating connections to people or organizations;
  • providing access to training and educational opportunities; and
  • identifying relevant resources.

We are working with the CDC, Tulane University School of Public Health, and other state and federal partners to address your needs.
Your feedback is important. Please email us directly ( mlackovic@lphi.org or kepps@lphi.org ) or fill out a request form here
Individual & Workforce Resilience during Public Health Crises
NNPHI, in partnership with national subject matter experts in psychological stress and public health disaster response, is offering a weekly virtual connection for members of the public health workforce responding to current public health emergencies.

This weekly session is intended as a forum for discussion of personal and organizational stressors and strategies for reducing stress on public health workers. This is an opportunity to share what’s happening with you, your team, and your organization, and share ideas and solutions related to workforce stressors. Prior to each session, participants can submit specific questions to share with other participants and the panel of subject-matter experts. These questions will be discussed during the following session. 

Sessions run weekly on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. - noon ET Wednesday, March 25 through Wednesday, April 22. Please sign up here if interested and reach out to Isabella Kaser , with any questions. 
Training Information
LPHI utilizes Tulane's Learning Management System (LMS) to provide free online hurricane, emergency, and public health preparedness-related courses. TRAIN Learning Network is another platform that offers courses for public health, healthcare, behavioral health, preparedness, and other health professionals.

Those interested in taking LMS trainings can fill out and submit the new user form here . Please note that new accounts may take up to one business day (24 hours) for approval. Once an account has been set up, users have access to the full library of trainings. For information on TRAIN courses, click here .

Courses listed below are through LMS, unless otherwise noted, and include but a re not limited to:

Additional courses are being created and will be announced as they become available. More frequent updates are available via the LA-HRH Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Third Edition of The Hub Speaks
NNPHI has released the third edition of The Hub Speaks . In t his issue of the newsletter, the Puerto Rico Hurric ane Response Hub discusses ways to incorporate death certificate and disaster-related mortality surveillance topics into the curricula of medical and nursing schools.

This edition also focuses on resiliency within the public health workforce and a collaboration case study.

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Funding for this project has been provided to the NNPHI through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – NU1ROT000004-01-00). NNPHI is collaborating with the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health on this project.

The LPHI, founded in 1997, is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute that translates evidence into strategy to optimize health ecosystems. Our work focuses on uncovering complementary connections across sectors to combine the social, economic, and human capital needed to align action for health. We champion health for people, within systems, and throughout communities because we envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. For more information, visit www.lphi.org .