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November 10, 2010
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Dear Paula,

Thanks for being an MDA31 volunteer! This newsletter will keep you informed regarding various aspects of clinic organization and training dates.

in this issue
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  • New Super Antibiotic in the Works
  • Volunteer Activation Drill
  • Refer a Friend to MDA #31
  • New & Improved Volunteer Training
  • Exercises
  • Free Online Training Available

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    Volunteer Activation Drill
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    We held our annual volunteer activation drill in May and it was a huge success! The May drill included members of the MDA #31 Planning Committee and our H1N1 Vaccinators. This marked the start of our transition to the Everbridge automated notification system. We reached 100% of our contacts, and 83% of those people confirmed receipt of the drill message. Further, 82% said that if we had activated a clinic within four hours, they could report for duty!

    The next phase of migration to Everbridge, scheduled for early 2011, will involve the rest of our volunteers. We will update you on this project in the next newsletter edition.

    If for any reason you are no longer willing or able to volunteer, please let us know - call Allyson Schulz at 860.559.1492. Please be sure all your phone numbers are up-to-date with MDA #31!!

     

     
    Refer a Friend to MDA #31
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    We are always looking for new volunteers. Do you know someone with a desire to give back to their community? Share your experience with MDA #31 and encourage them to sign up! They can visit our website at www.region31.org to download the registration form.
     

     
    New & Improved Volunteer Training
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    Despite our best efforts to entice volunteers who did not get a chance to help staff an H1N1 clinic to attend our new and improved POD Orientation session in September, we had to cancel the session due to a low response. We will reschedule this session sometime in 2011.
     

     
    Exercises
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    We held two clinic exercises in conjunction with each town's October flu clinics. The next exercise will be in 2011 (date TBD) focusing on our planned response using an anthrax scenario.
     

     
    Free Online Training Available

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    Did you know there is a free training site available via the Internet, 24/7? Be sure to check out at http://ct.train.org. Here are some good starter courses you might want to check out:

     

  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness 101

  • Bioterrorism Online Course provided by South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness

  • Point of Dispensing (POD) Staff Orientation - Connecticut

  • Pandemic Influenza in the Workplace

  • The POD Game

     

    Course

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    Public Health Emergency Preparedness 101

    Search on course ID# 1001870 (part one)

    Bioterrorism Online Course provided by South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness

    Search on course ID# 1003851 (3 hrs)

    Point of Dispensing (POD) Staff Orientation Ė Connecticut

    Search on course ID# 1008447

    Pandemic Influenza in the Workplace

    Search on course ID# 1008527 (1 hr webcast)

    The POD Game

    Search on course ID# 1010523 (15-min game sessions)

    Has Your Contact Information Changed in the Past Year?

    Life is ever changing, and so is your contact information! And yet, if we donít have your current information, our ability to reach you in an emergency is compromised. Please help us keep in touch with you! If any of your information has changed, please notify Allyson Schulz at 860.559.1492.


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    New Super Antibiotic in the Works
     
    Researchers are testing a new antibiotic for use in emergency response to bioterrorism attacks of tularemia and plague. If effective, this drug would improve our ability to treat these diseases as well as other common infections. Click here to learn more: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/08/20100830a.html

     

    Has Your Contact Information Changed in the Past Year?

    Life is ever changing, and so is your contact information! And yet, if we don't have your current information, our ability to reach you in an emergency is compromised. Please help us keep in touch with you! If any of your information has changed, please notify Allyson Schulz at 860.559.1492.

     

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    Quick Links...

    Our Next Training

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    CT Dept of Public Health

    Registration Form

    CT Dept of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

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    phone: 860-285-1964