DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
December 2014 Newsletter
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Just Released: New Knowledge Base Topics

Featured Courses ● Upcoming Courses ● Online Learning 

Emergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings ● Partners 

securityJust Released: New Knowledge Base Topics
We are excited to announce two new knowledge base topics on our Learning Center!

Media Library
The Media Library will serve as the central repository for all DelValle Institute videos and related media content. Currently, we have four videos to share, including a 360 view of a Powered Air Purified Respirator (PAPR), Deploying a Basic Decontamination Shelter, an overview of the RAIN concept, and an introduction to the newest member of the DelValle Institute family, Rowdy, the decontamination dog manikin. We are excited to offer these videos to supplement your training and education needs, and look forward to expanding this valuable resource throughout the coming year. Learn more by clicking here.


In an effort to curate the most current, relevant, and informative resources related to Ebola virus disease (EVD), we are pleased to launch a new knowledge base topic that will be updated on a regular basis, providing links to publicly available resources from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other sources. Visit this knowledge base topic by clicking here.

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Mapping Your Community: Social Determinants that Influence Emergency Preparedness

February 25, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the City of Boston is on the rise. This course will provide an overview of the social determinants of health and vulnerability that can contribute to varying health issues throughout Boston neighborhoods and shape outcomes after emergencies. Participants will learn how health inequities amongst communities lead to a disproportionate exposure and impact from emergencies. Boston MRC members will be equipped with the knowledge needed to understand the needs of diverse communities while supporting response and recovery operations in the City of Boston after an emergency. This course is open to both Boston MRC members and non-members. Click here to register on the Learning Center today!

Emergency Operations Planning (EOP): Awareness

According to the Joint Commission, all accredited healthcare institutions in the United States must conduct and annually review their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). An EOP supports the ability of healthcare organizations to coordinate information and allocate resources during an incident. The EOP provides guidelines when responding to an incident, including procedures to follow and specific roles and responsibilities. This online course, based on federal guidance and best practices, provides an overview of the entire EOP process. Click here to take the course now!
What are people saying about the EOP online course?

"Simple step by step instruction."

"Refreshed information and provided guidance."

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Various Dates

 Boston MRC Promoting Resiliency in an Emergency: Psychological First Aid

January 22, 2015
WMD Modules 1 and 2 

January 27, 2015  

All-Hazards Disaster Response & Protection for Healthcare Personnel-Awareness Modules I & II 

January  28, 2015,   
April 22, 2015

Module III: Hospital-Based Patient Decontamination - Operations

May 19 - 20, 2015  





"Excellent pace of class. Instructor was knowledgeable and
was able to answer all questions well."

"Thanks for the information, I learned a lot about how agencies
come together for emergencies."


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Online Courses 


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EmergencyPrepEmergency Preparedness News, Updates, and Affiliated Trainings
The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is excited to announce several new career opportunities. We currently have three open positions:
  1. Emergency Preparedness Educator, DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness: We are seeking a passionate and creative individual, with experience in design and delivery of public health and emergency preparedness and response trainings, for the role of Emergency Preparedness Educator. This position will serve as the education and training lead for the Boston Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program, and support education and training activities for public health and healthcare audiences in Boston, Metropolitan Boston, and statewide. Access our careers page to read more.
  2. Senior Program Manager, Healthcare System Preparedness: The Senior Program Manager will support public health and healthcare preparedness and response and recovery operations through the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC). This role leads planning and policy initiatives for the MIC, including development and delivery of ongoing training opportunities. In addition, this individual should also be qualified to serve in a supervisory role. Access our careers page to read more.
  3. Program Manager, Healthcare System Preparedness: The Program Manager works to support healthcare discipline engagement in emergency preparedness/management activities, including community health centers, emergency medical services, home health care, hospitals, long term care, mental health, public health, and university health centers. The Program Manager also builds and enhances public health and human services support, particularly for those most vulnerable, during and following emergencies in the City of Boston through the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC). Access our careers page to read more.

For information on duties, minimum qualifications, and more, visit the BPHC careers page by clicking here. All candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter along with their application.

New Emergency Dispensing Site Management Online Training

The Local Public Health Institute (LPHI) of Massachusetts has recently released an Emergency Dispensing Site Management online training course. This module defines an Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS), reviews Incident Command Systems (ICS), and identifies the positions in an EDS that need pre-identification. This module also explains the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and describes how it provides the medication to an EDS. For more information and to take this online course, click here.


Winter Weather Awareness

Winter is right around the corner. In preparation for the big chill, federal, state, and local officials are joining together to prepare individuals and communities for winter storms and extreme cold. has released a toolkit with information and resources for use before, during, and after a winter storm. This kit provides guidance and instructions for winterizing your home and vehicle, as well as critical information about Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Each winter, thousands of individuals are hospitalized for unintentional CO poisoning, especially during the cold winter months. Visit the Boston Public Health Commission's CO Safety web page to read more and access a video in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole. For additional information on recognizing CO Poisoning, as well as prevention tips in 16 additional languages, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CO Prevention page. 

As a reminder, you can download the Massachusetts Alerts application onto your Smartphone to receive emergency alerts and critical information surrounding severe weather. For additional winter weather preparedness tips, information, and resources, you can visit the following websites:

The DelValle 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 Headquarters
785 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 343-1370 Fax: (617) 343-1121

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. DelValle Institute is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, visit the Learning Center at



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