Attention All Public Health Emergency Responders, ?Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response? is Now Available

Attention All Public Health Emergency Responders, “Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response” is Now Available

Landover, MD (PRWEB) October 15, 2010

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation announces the publication of its fourth book, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice. Written by U.S. Public Health Service leaders with expertise in responding to public health emergencies nationally and internationally, the book provides a comprehensive much-needed reference for all emergency medical response personnel. It organizes a vast array of emergency public health organizational and practice information in a form that allows ready understanding of the principles and practice norms within the field, and their inter-relationships. As noted by the book’s Senior Editor, 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, the book will “…serve to enhance the knowledge and professionalism of those who are tasked with an emergency response mission.” Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response is an essential resource in learning about the actions and approaches that are utilized in dealing with public health related disasters in this Nation and within the complex global community.

“Wow! Admiral Carmona and colleagues have written the essential disaster manual. Every officer of the Public Health Service, and every civilian responder, will not just study it, but pack it in their duffle bag. Military and academic leaders will also be caught referring to it with the next pandemic, hurricane, earthquake, or bombing. A real service to the nation, indeed to all nations.” — Colonel S. Ward Casscells, MD, US Army Reserve, Tyson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Vice President, University of Texas at Houston, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (2007-9)

“The challenge in health in the 21st century will be merging public health principles and clinical practice more effectively. Nowhere is this more imperative than in preparation and response to disasters. This book offers the interested reader insight into how that can happen in its discussion of operational implementation of public health and clinical practice in demanding circumstances. One will leave this book at the end impressed and informed by the progress that has been made in improving our care for people in catastrophic events.” — Rear Admiral W. Craig Vanderwagen, USPHS, (Ret.), First DHHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

“Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: Principles & Practice”

     Editors: VADM Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, CAPT Robert G. Darling, MC, USN (Ret.), CAPT James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, USPHS, (Ret.), RADM Jerrold M. Michael, DrPH, ScD, USPHS, (Ret.)
     Publisher: PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health
     344 Pages, Softbound, Color Cover, 8 3/4″ H x 5 7/8” W


     Retail Price (19 or fewer copies): $ 28.00 per book plus shipping and handling
     Wholesale Price (20 or more copies): $ 25.00 per book plus shipping and handling
     COA Member Price: $ 22.00 per book plus shipping and handling (find code on COA Members Only website under Member Resources then scroll down to Publications)
     To order, visit:
     For orders of 100 or more copies, please contact COF directly at (301) 731-9080


     Up to 9 copies: $ 4.00 per order
     10 copies or More: $ 25.00 per order

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Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Emergency Grants and Mental Health First Aid Training Available to Meet Mental Health Needs after Haiti Earthquake

Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 19, 2010

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are standing by to help in any way we can,” Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council said.

Through its Project Helping Hands, the National Council offers small grants to organizations working to meet the mental health needs of Haitian survivors and loved ones in the U.S. Since 2005, Project Helping Hands has supported behavioral healthcare organizations responding to emergency mental health and addictions treatment needs in the wake of disaster — hiring treatment staff, setting up emergency outreach offices, and purchasing medications and emergency equipment.

It is estimated that up to 25 to 30 percent of people in the most vulnerable communities experience the onset of trauma and mental disorders in the wake of disaster. These needs usually manifest several weeks to months after a disaster, as the reality of loss and displacement sinks in. Those with pre-existing serious mental illnesses may be traumatized anew or displaced and need extra care and support.

Haitian populations in the U.S., concerned about the safety and whereabouts of any loved ones in Haiti, may also be experiencing acute anxiety and stress reactions. Further, it is likely that the U.S. will see a significant influx of surviving Haitians over the coming months and a good number will likely experience mental health issues, in addition to the challenges of settling into a new culture.

Free Mental Health First Aid USA ( training is available for volunteers headed to help in Haiti in the coming months and for community groups and caring citizens working with Haitian populations in the U.S.

Mental Health First Aid USA — a collaboration of the National Council, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health — equips members of the public with skills and resources to help someone developing a mental health problem or save someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Those trained in Mental Health First Aid can recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental illness and connect persons in need with appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support.

Those who wish to support the Haiti disaster mental health response may donate to the National Council’s Project Helping Hands at

The National Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,700 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.


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