DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
January 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue...
Safety OfficerFeatured Webinar

Healthcare Safety Officer in Incident Response

February 6, 2014 11:00 AM EST   

Join Jeannette McGillicuddy, Director of the Environmental Safety Office at Brockton Signature Hospital, and the DelValle Institute's Lt. Brian Pomodoro as they review the roles, responsibilities, and authority of Safety Officers within the Incident Command System in a healthcare setting. This one-hour webinar will also review safety guidelines for incident response, and apply them to a series of safety scenarios. In addition, the webinar will provide participants with additional resources to continue learning about the criticality of deploying Safety Officer positions to ensure staff and patient safety. Log into the Learning Center to register today!

Upcoming_CoursesUpcoming Courses



Coop Awareness
Various Dates
June 3, 2014

Diverse Needs Webinar
 April 10, 2014

"This was an excellent course and well presented."
"The instructors were great, knowledgeable, opened my eyes to the whole subject."
elearningOnline Learning  

Visit our Learning Center for more information on online learning opportunities:

Online Courses 


Community Preparedness Basics: Get Ready. Be Safe. Stay Healthy. 


Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP): Awareness  


Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness 




  • Shelter Operations FNSS    
  • Hospital-Based Decontamination    
  • Planning for the Diverse Needs of Communities 


The delivery of DelValle Institute programs is supported through grant funding from (1) U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Homeland Security Grant Program, (2) the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program, and (3) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. Please visit the course(s) of interest for more information on target audiences or click here to learn more about funding.
Updates_OPHPUpdates from the Office of Public Health Preparedness

Letter from the Associate Director

Dear Colleagues,


I hope that you are all enjoying a great start to the New Year. I'd like to take this opportunity to look back on 2013 and share our plans for the year 2014 and beyond.


In 2013, we delivered classroom courses to over 2,000 participants, with 172 participants returning for multiple classes. Due to popular demand for more online resources, we launched our knowledge base and released four new eLearning courses, with the MCI Triage course proving to be the most popular. Finally, in an effort to spotlight the important work of our colleagues in the fields of public health and medical services, we produced the "2013 Boston Bombings Response & Recovery" infographic which was accessed by over 1,400 people in 14 countries.


As this new year begins, we are renewing our commitment to our core mission of providing high-quality training focused on reducing a disaster's impact on public health safety. We are in the process of completely revising our Operations level PPE and decontamination course, designing a new scenario-based online course on incident management, and developing several new topics for the growing knowledge base. Most importantly, after celebrating our 10th anniversary last year, we are now taking time to step back and once again align our curricula and learning services with current needs and emerging practices in the field.


Last year was a notable year for emergencies and disasters of all sizes. As we hear stories from the field, we are honored to have contributed our small part in building the resilience of our community. If you would like to share your ideas on how we can continue to improve our programs, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.



Mea Allen


Associate Director of Education & Training, Office of Public Health Preparedness

DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Boston Public Health Commission  Boston Emergency Medical Services

Updates_EPEmergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings 

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training

The DelValle Institute will be hosting a full-day Psychological First Aid Training on March 20, 2014. Presented by the Center for Multicultural Mental Health at Boston Medical Center, this introductory disaster behavioral health training provides information about the basics of PFA in the immediate aftermath of disasters. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the components, utility, and application of the eight core elements of PFA. For more information and to register, visit 


The Institute has great partners in emergency preparedness trainings for public health and healthcare providers in Massachusetts, including: 


DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Boston Emergency Medical Services
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 343-1370 Fax: (617) 343-1121
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Boston EMS, the provider of emergency medical services for the City of Boston, is committed to compassionately delivering excellent pre-hospital care and to protecting the safety and health of the public. The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is a program of Boston EMS, a Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission.



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