Volume 08 | January 2020
Aligning Action for Health
The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) was recently awarded funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to assess the integration of sexual and reproductive health services in Louisiana’s emergency management planning. This two-year pilot project (Jan. 2020 - Dec. 2021) will leverage the resources, expertise, and partners of the Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub.

The project will involve an exploratory process to characterize the impact of disasters on Louisiana communities and vulnerable populations in terms of adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes, assess current integration of sexual and reproductive health in Louisiana’s disaster response system, and identify best practices and initiatives. 

This opportunity for internal collaboration stemmed from a previous grant LPHI's Family Health program received from the Packard Foundation. As an organization, LPHI constantly strives to leverage existing programs and relationships with external partners to further our shared missions of aligning action for health.

Specific LPHI focus areas include:

For more information on this project or for other opportunities, contact Michelle Lackovic .
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Human Trafficking and Natural Disaster Training
We're teaming up with the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force to provide a training in Baton Rouge on how to identify and handle human trafficking during natural disasters.

The training will include an overview of human trafficking, of both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Louisiana, and explore how human trafficking can increase immediately following natural disasters. The training will also discuss barriers to identification and promising practices for serving trafficking survivors.

WHEN :        
Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
9 a.m. to noon

WHERE :     
Department of Children and Family Services
Iberville Building
627 N 4 th St
Room 1-127/1-129
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Do You Need Technical Assistance Support
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. 

  • 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.
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
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (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 .