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OHDEN Pandemic Introduction
About Pandemic Website
Pandemic Influenza Primers
Occupat. Health Advisory Committee (OH-AC) will be developing OHDEN
(Requires the Acrobat reader )
Links to instructive materials and smart reference sites regarding either Avian Influenza H5N1, or to the concepts of Pandemic Influenza.
Aspects pertaining to care and prevention of worker issues regarding these topics. This means special workforce situations (eg. poultry and healthworkers).
Organizational needs regarding public health aspects or population concerns, including contingency management plans for major absenteeism and illness.
Plans and programs created by other professionals responsible for Occupational & Environmental Health issues. Plans, spreadsheets, flow-charts, essays, ideas, commentary are collected.
Home page (this one), serves as introduction and directory. The OHDEN concept is introduced and links to the OHAC organization are provided. General reference sites are described and linked.
The Federal page provides a detailed but incomplete compendium of links to sites in the U.S. Federal governmental resources, including NIOSH, CDC, NIEHS, NIH, NLM, EPA, DHS, DHHS. Many are already assembled at PandemicFlu.gov , but these do not selectively emphasize the issues regarding workplace and workforce issues.
International resouces about pandemic issues are available from multi-national organizations and from other countries' national programs. Australia's program was the earliest and best tool available.
The page dedicated to the "Community" of Occupational & Environmental Health professionals represents unique contributions from our own colleagues, in Medicine, Safety, Nursing, Hygiene and Human Relations. Many are subscribers of the Occ-Env-Med-L free international maillist, and thus have been able to discuss and share resources quite readily. Teaching materials and corporate plans are available. State and local plans will also be stored here.
It is to be expected that each category will receive periodic updates, as new resources become available. Links to these new additions will be listed at the specific Update page, with dates and internal links provided for access and reference.
This complex of materials is intended as both a substitute and a prototype for the eventual materials that will constitute OHDEN. Unfortunately, the Occupational Health Advisory Committee (OH-AC) organization is not yet funded. Once funds are available, the OHDEN process will provide much more than the materials seen here. In addition to the web-links and community contributions (as included here) regarding generic disaster preparedness, OHDEN will provide:
Please visit the OHDEN project site for more details about the organization's mandate, history, links to supporting organizations, and roster of the present leadership. If opportunities for sponsorship are identified, please contact any of us, or directly to Dr. Greenberg.
The OH-AC organization (and the eventual OHDEN) derives directly from a several-years collaboration by the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine's Emergency Preparedness / Bioterrorism effort. The information at the Emergency Preparedness website are practical, impressive and opportune.
Reference Sites on Avian Influenza & Pandemics
This is an amazing, dynamic, self-monitoring group effort that offers more than the page you're now looking at ever could or will. It is aimed at the general public and scientific literate readers. It has a separate page for Business Continuity that focuses on Occupational Health issues. I have linked to here (OHDEN) from their site.
circulated as PDF file, by Grattan Woodson, MD FACP. Very
effective, not reassuring, aimed at both lay and clinical readers.
Printable PDF of Checklist
CDC's Online check-list (same content)
Letter to Business Leaders from Secretaries Chertoff, Leavitt, and Gutierrez
Several lengthy essays on flu pandemic topics, and an impressive list of 50+ links to general educational sites, specific papers and online tools, graphics, monitoring sites. Though a .ORG, the site is apparently supported with (lots of) advertising.
University of Minnesota
Recently authored, with an Avian Flu afterword, endorsed in President Bush's speech and by every speaker I've heard [GG]. Interestingly, the same author wrote "The Rising Tide", B&N Amazon analyzing the previous (1927) devastating Mississippi flood (the worst previous natural disaster in U.S. history) and discussing risks of recurrence. Audio: unabridged 19.5 hrs Audible, Amazon.
by Gina Kolata (Paperback: - January 9, 2001) 352 pages $15 Touchstone; ISBN: 0743203984 Amazon B&N Written by a New York Times health reporter, this book predates the present spreading avian virus but reviews the efforts to control Avian flu in Asia (HongKong) and discusses efforts to rediscover the 1918 virus from archived specimens and frozen cemeteries. Audio: abridged 6 hrs. Audible.
Fee-based advice is now available from for-profit sources. To be fair, it seems reasonable to list / link those that are mentioned, especially if some information is provided to the public.at an open website.
International SOS provides a Public Area, as well as a closed Clients/Members' Area. Higher levels of fee-based advice and planning are available as customized consults. One OEM-L subscriber stated that corporate plans were available "$5K to $15K for consulting". Pandemic Preparedness Protocols for memebers are described to include 120+ pages for employers, in additional to individualized advisory services.
The free site includes detailed news tracking, travel advisory, and several Webinars for free playback. A University Plan (12/05), Pandemic Webinar (9/05) as well as an Executive Overview (11/05) are available.
Replay of Marsh's Dec. 7 2005 panel discussion on Avian Flu
Business Continuity During An Avian 'flu Pandemic, by Leslie Whittet
Continuity Central is wholly owned by Portal Publishing, a UK based company.
Shoreland has been publishing information resources and producing counseling tools for travel medicine practitioners since 1986. TRAVAX EnCompass unifies Shoreland's information products in a single browser-based package, giving you a common resource for providing travel health services.
Links to their site requires free registration, immediate confirmation, then password.
Downloads listed below were contributed by Shoreland's president for OHDEN to share with Occup. Health professionals from our own site, and are available here at OHDEN.
Maps, many, many! of the distribution of H5N1 influenza across the world. These include graphical kinetic studies, human-only, bird-only, overlaid bird migration, swine and poultry density ... you-name-it. These were prepared by BBC, WHO, many other publications.
These are very worthwhile, and quite compelling. The page came to my attention when it was found that in some maps, Taiwan had been colored as having H5N1 cases, but only as a shared color with mainland China. No cases actually had occurred in Taiwan proper.
Maps, stories, Q&A for public, Plans (for UK), poultry and bird tracking stories
Miscellaneous / Individualized Resources
Critique and Petition regarding the National Pandemic Flu plan
The main focus is that there's little or no attention to protecting the huge mobilized workforce for healthcare. It requests higher standards of Engineering, personal and risk stratification.
Guidelines to Help Accredited Zoos, Aquariums Protect Animals, Monitor Virus
Foster Farms' public information (providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available.)
Questions and Answers on Avian Influenza
Report to Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Elin Gursky, ScD, Principal Deputy for Biodefense, National Strategies Support Directorate, ANSER Institute of Homeland Security, 9/25/2005, 46 pages, PDF file
Strategies regarding discussing and planning for pandemic flu, including reaching government, public and healthcare audiences.
"Company Primer on Preparedness and Response Planning for Terrorist and Bioterrorist Attacks", 38 page general explanatory discussion, including 10+ pages of local resources for Georgia.
Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and The ERISA Industry Committee. Results were discussed in press accounts, but the report was not circulated.
Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, located in Washington, D.C., is part of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. The Center is led by Independent Chairman Tommy G. Thompson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is a non-profit association committed to and represents exclusively the advancement of the employee retirement, health and compensation plans of America’s largest employers.
(Excel spreadsheet) by ORC Worldwide Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Networks- November 2005. ORC Worldwide (ORC) is an international management consulting firm offering professional assistance in human resources management for industrial, nonprofit, and public organizations.
37 large companies' responses to these questions:
Additional (even BIGGER) ORC survey results from end-Nov, 2005 includes 195 companies and a much more extensive report . "The majority of participants are still in a 'wait and see' mode, and will react to the avian influenza when a travel advisory is issued by either the WHO, CDC, SOS or their government agencies."
Healthy Americans.org (previously also known as health-track.org) developed a very compelling, short photographic pamphet on business pandemic preparedness. It's not at all technical, but quite persuasive about the need to plan.
a searchable database of exercises used to evaluate public health preparedness.
The website contains:
Introductory course on pandemic influenza, at University of Albany, SUNY, "intended for a broad range of public health professionals and community responders." The course is free, and offers 6 hrs of CME/CHES or 7.2 CNE.
They also have "Terrorism, Preparedness, and Public Health: An Introduction" at the same website.
Presentation Health Protection in Action, Preventing Influenza Infection - Dr. J. Gerberding, Director CDC (PowerPoint, 691KB)
The Summit Activities and HHS Pandemic Influenza Preparedness - - Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH Director, National Vaccine Program Office(PowerPoint, 5392 KB)
"Managing the risks of an invisible threat", October 2005. 28 pages.
Posted to Miscellaneous References
submitted by Bill Kojola
Avian Influenza, or “Bird Flu”: What You Need to Know
26 page document, in Q&A format.
As I often remind readers at Occ-Env-Med-L "ACSH is an organization routinely dubious about new claims of environmental health dangers". Many have pointed out that their funding sources include many commercial firms, often those involved in debates about accusations of pollution and environmental harm.
This is a free resource, of quite incredible depth and ambition. It is a huge free publication, along with other huge free publications on "hot" medical issues like HIV, SARS, International Health. The comprehensive volume is 225 pages, and is also available as a printed book for 25 €
The overarching view is that medical publishing will become free, virtual and collaborative, but NOT a wiki. In fact the team seem to work to be sure that their product is book-ish in content, depth and format.
Editors: Bernd Sebastian Kamps, Paris; Christian Hoffmann, Hamburg; Wolfgang Preiser, Tygerberg
For questions: e-mail OHDEN's moderator, Gary Greenberg, MD