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Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives Honor for Ebola Communications

Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications has earned special recognition in the category of Crisis Communications for its submission relating to Ebola virus disease communications. In January 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement awarded the Marketing and Communications team with an honorable mention in the organization’s 2016 Awards for Excellence competition in the Special Projects, Programs or Campaigns, C. Communications/Public Relations category. According to a representative from organization, the more than 150-page entry “was deemed a fantastic example of a crisis communication plan by [AAMC’s] prior awards chair and [AAMC] judges on-site.”

Biocontainment Unit Article Published

Members of CEPAR, including Gabe Kelen, CEPAR director; Howard Gwon, senior director for the Office of Emergency Management for Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Lauren Sauer, program manager for the National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), joined Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty and staff members to publish an article in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society in May 2016. The article focuses on the biocontainment unit created by Johns Hopkins Medicine to care for patients with highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola virus disease.

Read the article.

Disaster Drill
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CEPAR Leads Disaster Drill at Middle East Hospital

CEPAR recently led a disaster drill at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, the global arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The goal of the drill was to assist Al Rahba Hospital in preparing for emergency situations. Members of CEPAR planned the disaster drill and were on hand for the event, which focused on a potential scenario of a multivehicle motor crash. After the drill, a formal assessment was presented to hospital leadership.

View a video about the disaster drill.

View an article about the drill.

People at the Whitehouse

Hopkins Heroes Honored at White House

CEPAR Associate Director Thomas Kirsch, M.D. (far right)  and CEPAR Senior Advisor Trish Perl, M.D. (far left) were among Johns Hopkins faculty thanked for their international public health service in the effort to stop Ebola by President Obama during a speech at the White House Oct. 29. Others pictured here from Johns Hopkins that were honored at the event are: David Peters, M.D. and Susan Krenn.

See a video of the President's speech.

Dr. Kelen and Dr. Catlett Publish Paper on Hospital Shootings

While shootings in U.S. hospitals typically generate widespread media publicity, the likelihood of being shot in a hospital is less than the chance of getting struck by lightning, according to Johns Hopkins research.

In a report published Sept. 18 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, and conducted by four researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, the investigators reviewed 11-years of data and identified some disturbing flashpoints.

Read the media release.

Read the paper.

Dr. Bayram Writing Series on Disaster Metrics

Jamil Bayram, M.D., MPH, the Director of Disaster Metrics for CEPAR, is writing and publishing a series of articles on the emereging science of disaster metrics.

Read one of the abstracts.

See Dr. Bayram's other publications.

Dr. Kirsch Publishes Paper on International Response to Haiti Earthquake

Thomas Kirsch, M.D., MPH and others publish a paper calling for changes in leadership and logistical support during major disasters resulting in a humanitarian crisis.

Read the abstract