MA Responds (9 Modules)

MA Responds - Module 1

Introduction

Objectives

  • Identify volunteer roles in MA Responds
  • Outline volunteer responsibilities


Overview

MA Responds is a centralized volunteer management system that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs. This system is a partnership of DPH, local Medical Reserve Corps units (MRCs), and other public health volunteers and organizations in Massachusetts. MA Responds' mission is to assist with the recruitment, registration, training, credentialing, and communication across this distributed volunteer network, ensuring that the volunteers are prepared and mobilized in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. All levels of volunteers are needed.

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 2

Public Health Preparedness

Objectives

  • Define a public health emergency
  • List examples of types of public health events and emergencies

Overview

Protecting the public from health threats involves public health preparedness as well as medical preparedness. Both are essential for national health security and, hence, to the overall preparedness of the nation.

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 3

Incident Command System - ICS

Objectives

  • Explain the benefits and key roles of an Incident Command System (ICS)
  • List five functions of the ICS


Overview

The Incident Command System (ICS) is the system used to command, control, and coordinate the efforts of individual agencies as they work towards the common goal of stabilizing an emergency in an effort to protect life, property and the environment.  ICS uses principles that have been proven to improve efficiency and effectiveness and applies these principles to emergency response.   

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 4

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

Objectives

  • Describe crisis and emergency risk communication
  • Define the role of the public information officer

 
Overview

The CDC defines crisis and risk communication as…

"… the attempt by science or public health professionals to provide information that allows an individual, stakeholders, or an entire community to make the best possible decisions during a crisis emergency about their well being. Often this communication must be done within nearly impossible time constraints and requires public acceptance of the imperfect nature of the available choices for action."

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 5

Personal Preparedness

Objectives

  • Prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency
  • Recognize ways to help individuals in your family requiring additional assistance affected by a public health event

 
Overview

Before an emergency occurs, you will want to make sure that you have prepared a personal plan for your family to ensure that they are prepared for any emergency situation. Knowing that your family is prepared and taken care of may reduce your concerns about leaving them and improve your ability to report to work when needed.

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 6

Activation

Objectives

  • Describe theMA Respondssystem activation process
  • Outline activation information and requirements for volunteers

 
Overview

When a public health emergency or declared emergency occurs and additional assistance is needed, a notification will go out to volunteers from your local volunteer leader. This could be a call for any available volunteers, or a specified number of a particular category of personnel; for example, ten burn nurses, eight respiratory therapists, or two administrators. Requests may or may not specify location, duration of time needed, or local conditions. This information will be provided if the volunteer indicates interest in learning more about the request.

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 7

Safety and Security

Objectives:

  • List priorities for safety and security
  • Identify the components of proper hand hygiene and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 
Overview

Your personal safety and the safety of the patients, visitors, and other volunteers are paramount.  

If you notice a life-threatening situation, remove patients or visitors who can walk from danger and direct them through the nearest safe exit. Then help to isolate or move others. 

 

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 8

Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance

Objectives

  • Define groups that may require additional assistance
  • Recognize ways to help individuals who need additional assistance affected by a public health event

 
Overview

FEMA's National Response Framework defines Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance (IRAA), also known as special populations, as "populations whose members may have additional needs before, during, and after an incident in functional areas, including but not limited to: maintaining independence, communication, transportation, supervision, and medical care. Individuals in need of additional response assistance may include those who have disabilities; who live in institutionalized settings; who are elderly; who are children; who are from diverse cultures; who have limited English proficiency or are non-English speaking; or who are transportation disadvantaged".

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


MA Responds - Module 9

Behavioral Health 

Objectives

  • Define common behavioral health reactions to emergencies
  • Identify people most at risk and waysMA Respondsvolunteers can help

 
Overview

Behavioral Health addresses our ability to function as individuals, families, institutions, and communities. The purpose of a Behavioral Health Response is to mitigate the emotional consequences that may occur through prevention and intervention.

In most situations trained behavioral health responders will be available to address the emergent and ongoing stress related needs of people affected by the event as well as the emergency personnel responding to the event. 

Course Fees

MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

Format: Text & Graphics

CME Credit: .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices) Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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