Volume 02 | July 2019
Aligning Action for Health
Hurricane Barry, though quickly downgraded to a tropical storm after it made landfall, is the fourth hurricane in history to hit Louisiana in July according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The 2019 hurricane season is still predicted to be average despite Barry's early showing.

The storm did affect coastal parishes, including Plaquemines, St. Mary, and Terrebone, but it is widely thought that the damage could have been much worse. Agencies, partners, and residents throughout the state heeded preparedness warnings and were ready to respond as needed.
 
As the coordinating body of the Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LA-HRH) , the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is working to identify and respond to gaps in disaster-related training resources, either by enhancing current trainings or creating new trainings to meet the identified needs. These trainings will then be made available to individuals and organizations involved in disaster preparedness and response.

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Training Information
LPHI utilizes Tulane's Learning Management System (LMS) to provide free online hurricane, emergency, and public health preparedness-related courses.

Those interested in taking the 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.

Courses include but are 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.
Technical Assistance
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 request 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.
Partner Spotlight: Louisiana Department of Health
The Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Public Health includes the Center for Community Preparedness and Health Protection and the Bureau of Community Preparedness. All entities are LA-HRH partners working to increase community preparedness in Louisiana.

Community Preparedness and Health Protection focuses on preparation efforts for residents, including those with special needs such as the elderly and people with disabilities. They provide online trainings and emergency preparedness resources . Take their Pledge to Prepare and learn about the steps you need to take to ensure you and your family are prepared for an emergency.

BCP uses an all-hazards approach to integrate state and local public health jurisdictions for response to public health threats. Services provided through BCP are a result of the need for improved planning and training given domestic attacks such as 9/11 and catastrophic climate-related disasters. BCP offers public health expertise to its partners during emergency response, preparedness training and local and regional exercises. Moreover, services are provided for local, state and national partners in accordance with the National Response Framework.
National Network of Public Health Institutes News
The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) releases a quarterly newsletter called the The Hub Speaks . The newsletter includes articles about the lingering effects of the 2017 hurricanes, details about the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH) technical assistance centers, and links to training related to hurricane-related health recovery.

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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 .