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ACPM Members Are Gearing Up for Ebola Response
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Preventive Medicine physicians are uniquely qualified to address clinical medicine and public health issues in the United States and across the globe.  ACPM is incredibly proud of all our members’ efforts to advance global health and would like to salute a few of those who are responding to the 2014 Ebola epidemic.


E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH

“Assessment of the response and community mobilization in both Liberia and Sierra Leone: looking for gaps and potential improvements, better engagement of faith and local community in the response”



Boris Pavlin, MD, MPH, FACPM

“Through my work with the World Health Organization, I was the Field Coordinator for Sinoe County Liberia in September-October. As there were few partners out in this rural county, this involved my working directly with the County Health Team on everything from setting up isolation facilities, treating patients, disinfecting homes, and conducting safe burials, to holding town hall meetings, supervising field workers, and advising the county government on policy.   (The photo is me with the Heroes of Sinoe, our first Ebola survivors; also pictured a county health worker and my colleague Bentoe Tehoungue from the WHO country office in Liberia)”

  


 

Daniel Teitelbaum, MD

“Consultant, public information, gadfly to get people moving. Information source for press on impact on and preparation of workers in Denver to deal with Ebola cases.”


 

Mary Applegate, MD, MPH, FACPM

“Member of university-wide Ebola task force, developing preparedness, prevention, and response plans.  Listening to daily Ebola briefings (conference calls) with members of the NYS Department of Health's extensive Ebola response team.  Working with DOH leaders to identify appropriate "ready reserve" roles for preventive medicine residents and other interested members of the School of Public Health community, and recruiting volunteers to fill those roles.  Planning a Point of Distribution event on November 3, 2014, at which SPH students, faculty, and staff will be able to get flu shots, and will receive up-to-date fact sheets about the Ebola epidemic and NYS's plans to address it.”



 

Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH

“I work for a healthcare company that provides services at over a dozen jails across the country. We developed a policy & procedure for our jail staff relevant to potential cases of Ebola in patients presenting to the jails and in staff who may have exposure to those patients. We implemented a set of screening questions in our EHR for all incoming inmates, which identifies at-risk patients and prompts the screener to take actions for certain responses. I’ve also been consulting with jail staff who have questions or concerns about a patient, and educating staff on Ebola transmission, prevention, and management.”

 


 

Victoria Cassano, MD, MPH, MA, FACPM

“As the occupational physician and employee health director for a county wide health system.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amir Mohammad, MD, MPH

“As an occupational health physician I am involved in developing policy and guidelines to protect Healthcare workers who could be potentially exposed to patients with EVD”

 


 

Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM

“Statewide leadership of PPE issues for CDPH to hospitals and EMS, liaison partnership with regulatory Cal/OSHA etc”

 

 

 

  

 

 

Jerald Cook, MD, MS, RN

“Appointed public health emergency officer.”

 

 

J. Ramsay Farah, MD, MPH, FACPM

“Private practice of Addiction Medicine Disaster preparation quality improvement initiative"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Vaishampayan, MD, MPH

“Preparing for LHD response. Assisting hospitals with preparedness. Evaluating suspect cases. Public education.”


 


Mark Harris, MD, MBA, Mdiv, FACPM

“As Chief of Preventive Medicine for the US Army Northern Regional Medical Command, I have been responsible for medically preparing soldiers and civilians to deploy to Liberia in support of US efforts. Furthermore I have been coordinating the US Army preparation and response at the Fort Bragg hospital (Womack Medical Center), and all of the other Army hospitals and clinics from North Carolina to Maine to Wisconsin.”

 

    

 


Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, FACPM

“I am enrolled in the CDC course about how to function in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) from Nov 9-12, 2014, after which I will be deployed to West Africa to assist on the frontlines of the response.”

 

Farah Parvez, MD, MPH

“I work at a large city health department and am a member of the Incident Command Structure activated to prepare for and respond to the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic. I assist local correctional facilities with EVD planning by providing consultation, educating staff, and writing EVD policies and procedures. As an on-call physician, I respond to EVD-related questions by the public and health care providers and assist in the clinical determination of whether sick persons may be infected with Ebola. I also educate the public and health care providers by giving presentations on the epidemiology and clinical course of EVD.” 

 

 

 

Jon Gray, MD, MPH

“Medical screening for soldiers deploying to Africa to help respond to the EVD outbreak. Preparation for local EVD response.”

              

                                          

   

   

   

   

     

 

  

 

Virginia Dato, MD, MPH, FACPM

“As part of my NLM-funded Biomedical Informatics Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, I am a curator using a set of standards-based data types for representing diverse types of information about epidemics developed by the NIH/NIGMS-funded MIDAS Informatics Services Group (ISG). The ISG's Apollo Library contains representations of 26 Ebolavirus epidemics, historical as well as ongoing, with information from and links to more than 50 reports. The viewer displays the collection as an Ebola Epidemic Chronology, and each listed outbreak indexes to a separate page of summary statistics with additional links to other sites (e.g. NCBI, ISO). My ultimate goal is to use informatics to improve the Public Health and the practice of Preventive Medicine.” 

 

 

Selected Additional Responses

 

“I've been involved with state department of health Ebola preparedness planning, communication with healthcare providers (e.g., EMS, clinics, hospitals) regarding early recognition and evaluation of Ebola, and fielding healthcare provider questions about Ebola preparedness and response.”


“I have developed and disseminated guidance for our staff.  I have disseminating guidance from our local health departments to area health care providers”


“I have been involved in preparing staff, monitoring travelers to outbreak countries, and participating in a strike team which will be mobilized in the event a case is identified in my district.”


“World Health Organization Headquarters position leading WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) in the WHO Department of Service Delivery & Safety. Involved in emergency preparedness in non-affected countries. Involved in shaping health systems resilience efforts in affected countries.”


“Preparing U.S. Army Soldiers to deploy in support of Operation United Assistance to Liberia.”


“Providing guidance about PPE, infection control, screening, and contingency planning for the US Navy and the Marine Corps. Actively involved in providing health protection briefs to Navy personnel that are deploying to Liberia to build ETUs. Plan to take, then teach the 3-day CDC Ebola class for health care workers that are going to Africa to treat patients.”


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