News and Events 2010

Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies for the Mid-Level Public Health Worker

November 18, 2010 - The Univeristy at Albany, as one of 14 CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers, is charged with developing, delivering, and evaluating core competency-based training and education that targets the public health workforce and addresses the public health preparedness and response needs of the state, local, and tribal public health authorities. The CDC, in partnership with the Association of Schools of Public Health, selected the target for core competency training to be the mid-level public health worker. The CDC defines mid-level workers as either (1) individuals with 10 years experience and a high school diploma, bachelor's, or higher degree or (2) individuals with 5 years experience with a Master's in Public Health equivalent or higher degree. Examples of the mid-level public health worker span a wide variety of roles, which may include public health nurses, emergency responders, clinicians, administrative supervisors, chief clerks, environmental health workers, sanitarians and senior laboratory technicians.

UAlbany CPHP and NJ CPHP partner to create the new NY-NJ Preparedness and Response Learning Center (PERLC)

November 02, 2010 - The NY-NJ PERLC is one of 14 newly funded training centers throughout the nation which seek to improve the knowledge and skills of public health workers for disasters and emergency situations.  The NY-NJ PERLC is a partnership of the prior University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) and New Jersey CPHP, combining years of experience in the endeavor to improve public health preparedness through training, exercises and other support to local and 

Mass Fatality Events: Learning from the Flight 3407 Tragedy Satellite and Webstream Broadcast July 30, 2010

July 02, 2010 - Emergencies and disasters happen.  Emergency response and recovery agencies are well-trained and well-prepared to carry out operations in these events.  When a mass fatality incident occurs, and numerous lives are impacted, these agencies are tested as they deal with an event which strains their resources beyond that of other accidents and emergencies. The crash of Flight 3407 in a residential area of Buffalo, New York, was a tragedy which created such a strain.  Numerous agencies worked to respond, and just as importantly to recover, from this incident.  Their efforts ensured the safety of responders and the public as well as closure for the family and community. A plane crash, or other type of mass fatality event, could happen anywhere.  Learn from the experience of the Erie County Department of Health, including the Medical 

Utilizing Social Media During Extreme Events

July 22, 2010 at the UAlbany School of Public HealthJuly 02, 2010 - During a disaster, providing information on what is happening and communicating messages to the public is one of the most important aspects of emergency operations.  There have always been many methods to accomplish these activities, tools such as the traditional media venues of television, radio and newspaper.  With the growth of social media, new methods to communicate with different segments of the public are now available.  Social media brings not only new ways to communicate, but new challenges to overcome. Please join us for this free training to learn more about social media uses during extreme events.  Objectives of the training include: 1 - Describing how social media can be utilized during emergencies. 2 - Identifying barriers and challenges with using social media in disasters. 3 - Learning how to develop and use social media for distributing emergency messages and information.

Emergency Animal Sheltering for County Animal Response Teams 

Locations: Rensselaer or Lake PlacidMay 10, 2010 -   Program Description: Planning for animal safety IS planning for human safety.  This free day long training will train current CART members and interested volunteers on the basics of how to plan and operate an emergency animal shelter as well as other important skills for members of animal response teams to know in an emergency event. The Empire State Animal Response Team Emergency Animal Sheltering trailer will also be available for hands-on activities. Trainings will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided. Training will include:  Emergency Animal Sheltering Planning and Operation, Small Animal Handling and Safety and Personal and Professional Preparedness

Transportation and Public Health Preparedness: A Focus on Rail Transportation

Originally broadcasted on April 15th, 2010March 16, 2010 - Transportation and Public Health Preparedness:A Focus on Rail Transportation Originally broadcasted on April 15th, 2010 Soon to be Archived in the UAlbany CPHP Broadcast Library John L. Silvernail, MD Director; Public Health Emergency Epidemiology Program, NYSDOH BCBD Chief Medical Officer; New York Task Force 2, DOS/OFPC Preventive Medicine Resident, University at Albany School of Public Health    Why Focus on Rail Transportation? -Vast quantities of hazardous materials are moved by rail -Railroad service points may store large amounts of diesel fuel -Much of the railroad physical plant is unguarded and easily accessed -Much of our food travels by rail at some point -Commuter trains move large numbers of people to and from major cities daily -In many cases the railroad physical plant is located near vulnerable populations  Objectives: The participant will be able to describe public health and emergency preparedness implications of: -Railroad Healthcare -The Railroad Physical Plant -Various types of railroad equipment -Both freight and passenger operations -Railroad special events   

CPHP to Co-Sponsor our 6th Annual GIS in Public Health Day 

4 May 2010; classes to be offered on 5 May. New training class just added !March 10, 2010 -   The theme of this year’s program is Using GIS to Improve Public Health     The cost of the May 4th program is $30. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to persons registered and paid by Friday April 23, 2010. The event will begin at 8:00 AM with registration and breakfast, and  end at 4:30 PM All activities will take place at the University at Albany, School of Public Health in East Greenbush, NY Presentations May 4, 2010 Keynote: The role of GIS in advancing the modern health transition in the U.S. - Gerard Rushton, University of Iowa Early detection of disease outbreaks - Martin Kulldorff, Harvard Medical School Geographic, socioeconomic and racial disparities in cancer survival - Kevin Henry, New Jersey Cancer Registry Connecting Data and Kids: The Power and implicity of the Kids' Well-being IndicatorClearinghouse - Cate Bohn and Robin Miller, New York State Council on Children and Families;  Paul Marano, Cogent Technologies GIS and Geospatial Science at Work at the CDC:Improving Public Health Practice and Research - Andrew Dent, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCounty Health Rankings: Mobilizing ActionToward Community Health - Bridget Booske, University of Wisconsin 

The May 4th program will be followed by a day of training in the School of Public Health teaching lab.

There is an additional $30 fee to attend the hands-on trainings.     Training Classes May 5, 2010

Morning Training Session (9AM-NOON) Google Earth & Public Health - Frank Boscoe, Assistant Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health Cancer Registry, New York State Department of Health Google Earth is the most powerful of several free programs that can interpret KML, an open-source language for web-based geographic visualization. KML has rapidly become a preferred means of generating, storing, sharing and displaying geographic data. This three-hour workshop provides an introduction to Google Earth and how it may be used in public health programs. Some basic GIS knowledge is helpful, though not necessary. Learning objectives: 1. Students will learn to use Google Earth to locate geographic features and landmarks. 2. Students will learn to create, store, and share their own geographically referenced data using Google Earth.

Afternoon Training Session (1PM-3PM) The Geographic Aggregation Tool (GAT) -Thomas Talbot & Gwen LaSelva, Environmental Health Surveillance Section, New York State Department of Health Health outcome maps with high geographic resolution can inadvertently disclose confidential data. In addition, high resolution health outcome rate maps are often misleading due to random fluctuations in disease rates in areas with small numbers. To overcome these limitations, the New York State Department of Health Environmental Health Surveillance Section developed a Geographic Aggregation Tool (GAT) which joins neighboring geographic areas until a defined population, and/or number of cases is reached. The GAT was originally developed using SAS, but was converted to R, an open source statistical programming language. The R GAT uses shapefiles (*.shp). The shapefiles must uniquely identify each area and have counts of health outcomes, population, or other variable(s) upon which to base the aggregation. The program can also favor merges nested in larger regions. For example, when aggregating census tracts, the aggregated areas will, if possible, not cross county boundaries. Census geographies, such as census tracks, census blocks or counties, as well as postal service areas (ZIP Codes), can be used with the tool. The tool produces maps showing the aggregated areas in KML and shapefile formats, which can be used with a variety of desktop and internet based GIS applications. The training session will provide examples using simulated birth outcome data at the ZIP code level. A beta version of the GAT along with R will be provided.Learning objectives: 1. Students will learn how confidentiality can be compromised with maps. 2. Students will learn how to geographically aggregate health and population data using the Geographic Aggregation Tool in order to avoid compromising confidentiality and to reduce random fluctuations in rates due to small numbers .  

Free Training Sessions

May 5, 9:00AM-11:00AM ArcGIS Explorer: A Powerful Free GIS Tool for Public Health Mark Scott, Paul Rooney (ESRI) and Glen Johnson (NYS DOH)

ArcGIS Explorer is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. ArcGIS Explorer adds value to any GIS because it helps you deliver your authoritative data to a broad audience while enabling a range of spatial analyses not usually found in free viewers. With ArcGIS Explorer, you can: access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers; fuse your local data with map services to create custom maps; perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search); add photos, reports, videos, and other information to your maps.Attendees will learn how to build and deploy ArcGIS Explorer applications focusing on public health; as well as learn more about the use of this tool within the health industry. While no previous GIS experience is required, familiarity with spatial concepts would be beneficial.

Creating Maps with SAS/GRAPH  

Mike Zdeb Assistant Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health,author of Maps Made Easy Using SAS Maps can be created with SAS® by using either SAS/GIS or the GMAP procedure, one of the procedures available within SAS/GRAPH. This class will first show you how to use the GMAP procedure to create four different map types: choropleth, prism, surface, and block. The class will then concentrate on creating choropleth maps, "... 2-dimensional maps that represent data values as combinations of pattern and color that fill map areas ..." (definition from SAS/GRAPH Software Usage Version 6). Once you understand how to create a map, you will learn how to customize the output of GMAP using an annotate data set and also be introduced to some methods of producing web-based maps. Prerequisites: You should have some knowledge of SAS concepts (data sets, libraries, formats, etc.) if you sign up for this class. You need not have any knowledge of SAS/Graph.


MARCH 25 IN SYRACUSE March 03, 2010 - "Swine Flu", Anthrax, West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza:  These diseases make headlines, but many other diseases threaten our globalized society.  Veterinary professionals, as intermediaries in the world of agriculture, animals and humans, play a critical role in preparedness and protection of the public health from these potentially emerging diseases. Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Alfonso Torres, D.V.M., M.S., PhD.  Associate Dean for Public Policy College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University Location:  Doubletree Hotel - Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057