Cal STAPH – Year 1 in Review

First of all, the Cal STAPH Executive Committee wants to thank you, our members, for your participation and support during our pilot year!  It has been an amazing year and we couldn’t have done it without you.  We especially want to thank Guenet Sebsibe and Jennifer LaChance for their support and direction through the Center for Public Health Practice, and Justin Rausa, our esteemed facebook poster, for keeping our facebook page up-to-date.  At the bottom of this email is a list of all the field activities, trainings, and presentations in which members were involved.  Your feedback is essential for our future planning, so if you haven’t yet evaluated an event that you participated in, please take a moment to do so (see links below).

Second, some news.  We are excited to announce that Art Reingold, Professor of Epidemiology, has agreed to serve as our Faculty Advisor.  He will provide mentorship for our group as well as reach out to his network for additional opportunities for members. We also want to announce the newest members of our Exec Board, David McCarty and Winifred Scott, and wish a fond farewell to Adam Crawley, who has done an incredible amount of work for Cal STAPH since it began in spring 2010 and who we hope to keep actively involved as an alum.  And finally, the news you’ve been waiting for – our name change!  Cal SEIS is now Cal STAPH  – Student Assistance for Public Health.  Our new acronym is easier to say than our old one and we think it is more explicit about what we seek to do.  It also subtly references our goal to provide surge capacity (by providing extra “staff”) and our frequent focus on infectious disease (e.g., staph infections and outbreak epidemiology).

If you participated in a Cal STAPH sponsored training or field activity during 2010-11, we would love to hear about your experience!  Please click on the appropriate survey link below and complete one survey for each field activity or training.  The survey will take less than 5 minutes and will help us to improve future events.

Field Activity Evaluation Survey:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHBNcktuaTNxckwyczliUHByX1Examc6MQ

Training Evaluation Survey:  https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGg4Rk9zZ2FRYUNId3B6ZzVJZFRKcmc6MQ&ifq

Field Activities 2010-11:

  • Measles Contact Investigation for the City of Berkeley Public Health Division (January 2011)
  • WHACK the flu educational campaign for Alameda County Public Health Department (November 2010)
  • Risk Communication/Public Information support for Alameda County Public Health Department (November 2010)
  • UCSF Global Health Sciences, Complex Humanitarian Emergency Leadership and Training Program (October 2010)
  • Exercise Support for Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Urban Shield Full-Scale Exercise (October 2010)
  • Seasonal Flu Clinic Evaluation and Support for City of Berkeley Public Health Division (October 2010)
  • Exercise Evaluation for Alameda County Public Health Department Tabletop Exercise (September 2010)
  • Pertussis Case Management for San Francisco Department of Public Health (September-October 2010)

Trainings and Presentations 2010-11:

  • Training: Outbreak Investigation, Tomas Aragon, Sponsored by the Napa County Health Department (May 2011)
  • Presentation: Chevron Emergency Preparedness (May 2011)
  • Training: Infectious Disease Emergency Response Toolkit, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Advanced Practice Center, Sponsored by the City of Berkeley Public Health Division (April 2011)
  • Training: First Aid (April 2011)
  • Presentation: Michael Petrie, UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness, Exercise Evaluation Training (April 2011)
  • Training: Assessment Methods Training for Public Health, Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Assessment Toolkit (March 2011)
  • Presentation: Sherri Willis, Public Information Officer for Alameda County (March 2011)
  • Presentation: California Epidemic Investigation Service (February 2011)
  • Presentation: David Lipin, DMAT Team, Haiti Disaster Response (October 2010)
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