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Getting Started on the Community Forums 0 E. Lamb Welcome to the Community Forums! First, we would like to thank you for playing a critical role in the growth and vitality of our online community. We hope that you enjoy what the Community Forums have to offer and that you are an active member of what continues to be a vibrant, informative, and supportive aspect of our community. Communication and interaction are fundamental to the success of any community and the aim of the Community Forums is to bring members closer together to share comments, questions, and ideas for improving public health surveillance across a wide range of domains. Getting Started:  You must be signed into an account on www.healthsurveillance.org to post to a forum. If you do not have an account, please click here to register (Note: ISDS membership is not required). 1.     How to create a new topic/thread in an existing forum – to post a new topic/thread to a forum, click on the forum name and click on "New Topic" in the middle of the grey menu bar. Click here for a short video demonstration. 2.     How to reply to a topic/thread on an existing forum– click on the topic name within a forum and click on “Reply” in the middle of the grey menu bar. 3.     How to subscribe to forum/thread updates to be notified when someone posts to a forum or thread – Click here for a short video demonstration a.     To subscribe to Forum updates, click on the forum name and then click “Forum Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu.  b.    To subscribe to Topic/Thread Updates, click on the title of thread/topic and click on “Thread Actions” in the grey menu bar. Select “Subscribe to Instant Updates” from the dropdown menu. For additional help, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on Forums and Blogs.   Community Guidelines: • Be courteous. Please display a positive, friendly attitude and be respectful of other's opinions. The Community Forums are a professional community; comments that are disrespectful to others or otherwise violate what we believe are appropriate standards for professional and civil discussion may be deleted. • Give back. Each time you find help or answers on the forums, please try to help someone else out in return by responding to another’s post. Each and every member of our community has something to contribute. • Be patient. This is a peer support community where our members often have multiple responsibilities, so it may take a little time for people to notice and respond to your request.
by E. Lamb
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Public Health Leadership Book Recommendations? 2 S. Dearth Like Shandy, I found "Good to Great" and "The Checklist Manifesto" to help me a lot in thinking about management.  "Good to Great" had a fair number of useful concepts. "The Checklist Manifesto" increased my focus on simplifying processes and workflows. It also got me to trim down the amount of somewhat extraneous or specialized information I expected folks under my direction to learn or understand, so they can be more focused with their time and brainpower. I also got a lot out of "Crucial Conversations" (Patterson K, Grenny J, McMillan R, Switzler A, Covey SR. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. 1st ed. McGraw-Hill; 2002). I've had several colleagues for whom it was a life-saver, helping them deal with difficult bosses or coworkers, and turning very unpleasant positions into decent jobs. I've got a lot from "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". I often think about the "urgent" vs. "important" grid from that book, as I set priorities. Finally, learning about "situational leadership" has helped me a lot. I don't know if there is a book about it, but it is laid out on this website: https://online.stu.edu/articles/education/what-is-situational-leadership.aspx . It pushed me to be more flexible in my management, adapting it to the person in front of me, instead of using a similar management style for everyone.
by J. Gibson
Thursday, January 3, 2019
PIO recommendation for ISDS website focus group call? 0 S. Dearth Do any of our state or local jurisdictional partners have a PIO (public information officer) who uses the ISDS website to collect information? ISDS staff members are forming a small focus group to collect insight on what aspects of the healthsurveillance.org website are useful and which areas could use some changes to be more user friendly. If you know of a PIO who would be interested in reviewing the website with us, please send their contact information to Shandy Dearth at sdearth@syndromic.org. Thank you-
by S. Dearth
Monday, July 9, 2018
Experience with HL7 Courses? 2 K. Oliver I have taken the HL7 Fundamentals Course and it was a great introduction to HL7 message structure. I will say that the time commitment was more than I was expecting because some of the homework was quite time/resource intensive. They were asking you to count character spacing and identify specific fields within a string of data in the message without using a segment delineator. It was almost like doing long division on paper with your calculator sitting right next to you! But I guess that's the best way to learn and to appreciate the tools we have now. Overall, I thought the course was helpful (even if I am not programing messages) because it gave me a point of reference for my discussions with programmers and vendors.
by E. Lamb
Monday, June 25, 2018
Training materials for new syndromic surveillance staff 0 S. Dearth ISDS is updating the Syndromic 101 modules and is interested in hearing about any surveillance related training you currently offer your staff who are new to syndromic surveillance. If you are open to sharing these resources (links, presentations, training guides, etc. ), please email them to me at sdearth@syndromic.org. Thank you-
by S. Dearth
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
MPH Epi students with an interest in field epi outside the US 3 M. Kar Hi Manish,You sounds like you have a great future ahead of you. Does your school have any programs or fellowships you can be involved in? I'm sure they have a large international network. Even though you are remote for obtaining your degree, I bet there are still valuable experiences where you are currently living in Canada. Do you have to obtain an internship or practicum to obtain your degree? If so, that's a great way to work with a city or state health department in Canada. Applying for any scholarships or fellowships will also give you access to epi experiences. My other suggestions include, finding a mentor that can help give you some career direction or access to networks. Or at the very least, having a mentor that understands your struggles and you can confide in. I've also found it to be helpful to speak with successful people that have your dream job and ask how they got there. In fact, I've spoken with a few current EIS fellows when my student org helped them during Hurricane Harvey responses and they gave us great career advice. One book I've read over and over again is: "101 Careers in Public Health" by Beth Seltzer, MD, MPH and "Public Health: Career Choices that Make a Difference" by Bernard J. Turnock. Cheesy to read self help books, I know. However, I never had a mentor in Public Health. No one around me knew about it or loved it. I've been trying to teach myself about the field until recently. These books were crucial for me understanding what specific career I wanted and needed in Public Health and how to get there. They are great for giving you a variety of jobs, what those jobs entail, how that professional got there, and what their day looks like. Some jobs sounds fantastic, but then you read their normal day to day and realize that isn't for me. Or vice versa, the job doesn't sound as exciting as you would think, but their day to day interactions are very rewarding and use most of my current skill sets. They are illuminating. I was indecisive for a while about what I wanted to do because I love every topic of public health. So both of these books are all completely tabbed and scribbled on. Those links are: https://www.amazon.com/Careers-Public-Health-Beth-Seltzer/dp/0826117686https://www.amazon.com/Public-Health-Career-Choices-Difference/dp/0763737909As far as some ideas go, these are sites for fellowships I often browse. I hope they are valuable resources to you. These are in the U.S.https://www.cdc.gov/fellowships/full-time/index.htmlhttps://www.aspph.org/study/fellowships-and-internships/http://www.cste.org/default.asp?page=FellowshipDetailshttps://www.apha.org/professional-development/apha-internships-and-fellowships/public-health-fellowshiphttps://orise.orau.gov/stem/internships-fellowships-research-opportunities/index.htmlHere's a few for you in Canada.https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/public-health-practice/canadian-field-epidemiology-program.htmlhttp://www.canadian-universities.net/Scholarships/Epidemiology.htmlAnd international options.http://www.who.int/ihr/alert_and_response/outbreak-network/en/https://mphprogramslist.com/public-health-fellowship-opportunities/I would recommend starting with the opportunities within your school. Ask an advisor to help you and even connect you with alumni that can help you. Find a mentor you can ask questions and get career advice from. Attend various professional conferences. Start making baby steps towards your EIS goals by first gaining local city/county/state health department experiences. I hope that helps! Sorry about the delay. Perhaps someone else can also give us direction, because I'm still trying figure things out myself.Good luck!!!!
by L. Leining
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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