A joint issue of the NNPHI National Coordinating Center and Hurricane Response Hub.

Elevate, from the Public Health Learning Network and Hub Speaks are periodic publications dedicated to building workforce capacity to respond to complex public health issues.

Puerto Rico Makes Strides to Improve the
Accuracy of Death Reporting

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted Puerto Rico in 2017, there was a high level of concern about the jurisdiction’s ability to accurately estimate mortality post-event. On October 30, 2019, the Puerto Rico Hurricane Response Hub (PRHRH) invited stakeholders to explore ways to incorporate death certificate and disaster-related mortality surveillance topics into the curricula of medical and nursing schools.
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Strength in Numbers: My Reflections on the Recent Death Certificate Training in Puerto Rico

Isabella Kaser, program associate at NNPHI, particpated in Puerto Rico's Hurricane Response Hub training and was inspired by the "community, solidarity, and synergy" her public heath colleagues demonstrated. After her trip, she wrote a blog post reflecting on her first trip to Puerto Rico and what multidisciplinary collaboration means for public health.
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Promoting Resilience in the Public Health Workforce: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Barbera

We recently spoke with Dr. Joseph A. Barbera to learn more about what Project ECHO participants experienced during the series he helped lead and to discuss his thoughts on how the public health workforce can become more resilient before, during, and after hurricanes and other disasters. 

Dr. Barbera is associate professor of systems engineering and engineering management and co-director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at The George Washington University. He helped lead the Hurricane Response Hub Project ECHO series on Individual and Workforce Resilience: Before, During, and After a Prolonged Hurricane Emergency.
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Environmental Health Communication Strategies in a Hurricane Emergency Event
Individual and Workforce Resilience: Before, During, and After a Prolonged Hurricane Emergency

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Turning Small Opportunities into Big Collaboration in Kansas: Systems Thinking as a Strategy to Improving the Behavioral Health Service System

Cristi Cain, local public health program director and accreditation coordinator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is one of 12 participants in the National Network of Public Health Institute’s (NNPHI) 2019 Strategic Scholars Program. Cristi and her team leveraged a tremendous opportunity to apply a systems thinking approach to improve the integration of health services in local health departments in Kansas, and hosted a Behavioral Health Community Planning Day in September. 

We asked Cristi to share her experience in the Strategic Scholars Program, the big event her team planned, and the new opportunities that are now blooming from these initial seeds. 
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