Public Health Preparedness Blog
Title: Education and Training Resource Blog for Public Health Preparedness
Author: Melissa Dredge, County of San Diego, Public Health Services
Summary: This blog will function primarily as a centralized mechanism to share important resources and information for staff involved in the education and training focus area of the CDC’s Local Public Health Preparedness grants. Each day we receive several e-mail notifications about trainings, satellite broadcasts, webcasts, websites, reports, on-line classes, and other materials that are available from the CDC, academic institutions, state administrators and other counties across the nation. There are so many organizations working on the same goal to prepare public health staff and community health care workers to respond to infectious disease outbreaks or other emergencies. It is very hard to keep track of all the opportunities while we are working hard to roll out four new training modules by the end of August. However, when it comes time to develop new projects for the next year, we need to know what has already been developed so we don’t duplicate efforts!
Context: I will share authorship of this blog with the Focus Area Lead, who has already expressed great interest in the project and provided her resources. There are six nurses also in this group who will most likely use the resources and probably, over time, begin adding their own entries. I actually did not find any blogs on this topic that are currently maintained.
Goals: I hope that this will help us to manage critical information more effectively and be able to share with staff immediately.
Participants: My hope is that this can evolve into a valuable resource for the other counties in our disaster region, and maybe throughout the state.
Process: We will need to introduce both blogs (concept and instructions) and the purpose of the blog. We will introduce the blog in a staff meeting and provide a demonstration. I will also show staff how to use bloglines.
Resources: I have a large spreadsheet with resources ready to use.
Policies: Since much of our work deals with confidential information, we will need to provide guidelines on what is acceptable to post and discuss in this public forum.
Products: Comprehensive library of resources, opportunity for collaboration and increased learning of the target subject.
Evaluation: I need to find out if you can count hits on blogs.
I believe that this blog will actually come to life. My wiki project proposal focused on administrative content, which is too sensitive to have in an unsecure environment. Since this blog project will focus on resources and publicly available information, I think it will be accepted.