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Volume 12, Issue 20 | June 2015  

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HHS is pursuing a 20-minute Ebola virus diagnostic test LeftArt1


To assist doctors in diagnosing Ebola virus disease quickly, HHS-ASPR will pursue development of an Ebola virus diagnostic test for use in a doctor's office, hospital, clinic or field setting that will provide results within 20 minutes.


"Fast and inexpensive point-of-care diagnostics will improve our ability to control Ebola virus disease outbreaks," said Robin Robinson, Ph.D., director of ASPR's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which will oversee the development program for HHS. "Faster diagnosis of Ebola virus infections allows for more immediate treatment and an earlier response to protect public health worldwide."


To learn more click here for the full press release from HHS

OSHA Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare 


According to 2013 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70% of injuries due to assault at work were in healthcare. To help reduce risk to healthcare and social service workers, OSHA has released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. The updated booklet is intended to help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violent hazards. Although the guidance is not a standard or regulation, it does incorporate the latest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace and applies to five different settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Treatment
  • Non-residential Treatment and Services
  • Community Care
  • Field work

The guidelines can be found here . For information about how YNHHS-CEPDR assists its hospitals in workplace violence planning and prevention, including drills and exercises, contact us.

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YNHHS-CEPDR Courses are being Translated! Art1


In an effort to educate a more diverse audience both domestically and internationally, YNHHS-CEPDR is translating 10 of its online courses into Spanish. The courses being translated cover the following:

  • Basic Emergency Preparedness
  • Incident Command System
  • Decontamination
  • Radiation Preparedness and Response
  • Evacuation
  • Unique considerations for vulnerable populations
  • Mental Health in Disasters

YNHHS-CEPDR has already translated 2 of the courses and expects to have all 10 translated and available by the end of August. For more information on course availability and content please contact John Pelazza at [email protected]



On June 2, 2015 YNHHS-CEPDR conducted a joint webinar with Greywall Software to discuss the development and implementation of a Disaster Playbook for Ebola Response. The webinar discussed the playbook's evolution and implementation in hard copy and virtual environments. YNHHS-CEPDR recorded the webinar and has made it available for free here.


The webinar and overall playbook concept has generated a great deal of interest in the preparedness community. As a result YNHHS-CEPDR and Greywall Software will be offering a second webinar on July 14, 2015 from 1:00PM - 2:00PM EDT. This webinar will focus on how the concept has been further adapted for hurricane scenarios. The webinar will specifically address how YNHHS-CEPDR and Greywall Software have leveraged the playbook format to:

  • Adapt a little- or no-notice format (e.g., EVD presentation) into a time-phased approach
  • Incorporate information and actions from external agencies and organizations
  • Enhance situational awareness across the YNHHS network and beyond
  • Maintain accountability through all phases of preparedness, response and recovery
  • Align activities with public agencies throughout a disaster.

As with the prior webinar this will be offered free of charge. To register for the webinar click here, for more information contact us.

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To further strengthen the nation's infectious disease response capability, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected nine health departments and associated partner hospitals to become special regional treatment centers for patients with Ebola or other severe, highly infectious diseases.


HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has awarded approximately $20 million through its Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) to enhance the regional treatment centers' capabilities to care for patients with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. ASPR will provide an additional $9 million to these recipients in the subsequent four years to sustain their readiness.


"This approach recognizes that being ready to treat severe, highly infectious diseases, including Ebola, is vital to our nation's health security," said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. "This added regional capability increases our domestic preparedness posture to protect the public's health."


To learn more click here for the full press release from HHS

YNHHS-CEPDR Program and Services


YNHHS-CEPDR offers the following additional services to hospitals, other healthcare delivery organizations, emergency management professionals, the business community and others. 

  • Assessments/Evaluations
  • Emergency Management Operations/Outsourcing of Services
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Exercises
  • Situational Awareness/Analysis
  • Planning
  • Education and Training
  • Affordable Care Act/Healthcare Reform
  • Program Management
  • Incident Response Support
For additional information about our services, please call us at 
(203) 688-5000 or email us at [email protected] for questions or comments.


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