Volume 05 | October 2019
Aligning Action for Health
Low health literacy impacts nine out of 10 individuals, affecting their ability to:

  • Navigate the healthcare system, including filling out complex forms and locating providers and services
  • Communicate personal information, such as medical history, with providers
  • Understand mathematical concepts such as probability and risk

October is Health Literacy Month and offers an opportunity to review materials and practices in an effort to increase patient understanding. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit for primary care providers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers A Quick Guide to Health Literacy .

Health literacy is especially important during disasters when individuals may not be speaking with their main physician or pharmacist. The LA-HRH also offers a course called The Role of Health Literacy in Disaster Preparedness through Tulane's Learning Management System .
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Human Trafficking and Natural Disasters Training
The LA-HRH and Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force are hosting an introductory human trafficking training that will provide a human trafficking overview of both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Louisiana, and explore how human trafficking intersects with natural disasters. The training will also discuss barriers to identification and promising practices for serving trafficking survivors. There are only 10 spots left ! Register before it fills up by clicking here .

Date: Tuesday, November 12
1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122

 Learning Objectives:
  • Define the legal characteristics of human trafficking and the sociological concept of human trafficking
  • Explore the scope and nature of human trafficking in Louisiana
  • Examine how human trafficking intersects with natural disasters using case studies
  • Explore research-based approaches to identification and response that focus on survivor empowerment
Training Opportunities
Partner HRH Learning Opportunities
The Florida Hurricane Response Hub is hosting a Go-To-Meeting webinar on Thursday, Oct. 24 where they will demo the NOAA Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper Tool. The webinar will provide an overview of the storm and health data layers and how to create user-defined maps that show the people, critical facilities, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. Register and learn more by clicking here .

The Georgia Hurricane Response Hub has created two new job aids. The purpose of these job aids is to help preparedness and response professionals work better with their internal communications and public information colleagues. Both A Guide to Working with Your Organization's Public Information Team and Best Practices for Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC): When You Are the Communicator are available for immediate download.
CDC Learning Opportunities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is another resource for learning opportunities.

Their Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) program brings together experts from the CDC and partner organizations to discuss emergency-related health and communication topics via conference calls and webinars. The next webinar, Overcoming Message Resistance , takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. A full schedule of webinars can be found here .
The also offer thousands of training opportunities through their online learning system TRAIN. View the entire library of courses by clicking here .
LA-HRH Learning Opportunities
Standing training opportunities are also offered by the LA-HRH through Tulane's Learning Management System (LMS) . Those interested in taking an LMS training 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.

Need Training, Resources, or Educational Tools?
Do you or your organization need training, resources, or educational tools related to hurricane preparedness and/or disaster response? The LA-HRH can help meet your needs by providing technical assistance. 

  • Simple requests are usually fulfilled by email
  • Requests that need more discussion will be handled by phone
  • If we don’t have the tools to answer your request, we will connect you to those that can
  • We can also provide relevant training and educational opportunities

Topics addressed include surveillance tools and training; disaster epidemiology; air safety; water safety; vector control; mold and chemical hazards; carbon monoxide; responder safety; trauma and wellness support; protective equipment and electrical safety; clean-up procedures; and communication/marketing needs.
Second Edition of The Hub Speaks Out Now
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has released the second edition of The Hub Speaks . In t his issue of the newsletter, the Florida Hurricane Response Hub Technical Assistance Center highlights how public health practitioners can use data to identify vulnerability hotspots (and offers a live demo); Robin Pfohman, Community Resilience + Equity Program Manager with Public Health - Seattle and King County, discusses how public health professionals and emergency managers can prioritize the needs of communities experiencing vulnerability; and more information about the launch of Project ECHO is shared.

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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 .