Thursday, August 31, 2023

πŸ“… IMSPARK: Planning for the Next Pandemic πŸ“…


πŸ“… Imagine... Planning for the Next Pandemic πŸ“…

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

🌐A future where proactive pandemic preparedness safeguards vulnerable Pacific communities from the impacts of infectious diseases. πŸ›‘️

πŸ”— Link:

πŸ“š Source:

Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy. (2023, August 7). Major General (ret) Paul Friedrichs: Inaugural Director of OPPR and Principal Advisor on Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

πŸ’₯What's the Big Deal:

πŸ›‘️The establishment of the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy (OPPR) marks a pivotal step towards proactive and comprehensive pandemic planning. Under the leadership of Major General (ret) Paul Friedrichs, OPPR will lead, coordinate, and implement actions related to pandemic preparedness and response, protecting vulnerable communities from known and unknown biological threats. 🌱 This is intended to be an effort to strengthen domestic preparedness, coordinate responses, and drive science and technology efforts for developing medical countermeasures. OPPR's commitment to regular reports to Congress will serve as a means to evaluate the program and future readiness. 🌐

#PandemicPreparedness, #GlobalSecurity, #DisasterResponse, #OPPR


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

πŸ₯ IMSPARK: Expanding Pacific Healthcare Access through TelehealthπŸ₯


πŸ₯ Imagine... Expanding Pacific Healthcare Access through TelehealthπŸ₯

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

Envision a Pacific region where healthcare access is available regardless of any mobility limitations.

πŸ”— Link:

Telehealth Services Fact Sheet

πŸ“š Sources:

Medicare Learning Network. (2023, June). Telehealth Services Telehealth Services MLN Fact Sheet.

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

πŸ’“ With the integration of telehealth services covered by Medicare, individuals with mobility concerns can gain unprecedented access to medical consultations and treatments, fostering inclusivity and ensuring vital care reaches every corner of the Pacific. πŸ’» The extension of telehealth services covered by Medicare Part B heralds a new era of inclusivity, allowing patients who face mobility challenges to engage with physicians and practitioners via two-way, interactive technology. 🌐 This procedural shift alters the need for physical presence and empowers non-mobile individuals to effectively manage their health. πŸ’ͺ In embracing telehealth, the Pacific can take a significant stride towards equitable healthcare and championing the rights of the disabled and those with mobility limitations. 🌏


#Innovation, #Telehealth, #HealthEquity, #VeteranCare, #IMSPARK, #PacificIslands

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Maui Wildfire Sitrep #12 CAO 8/29/2023 14:00 HST

 Forwarding Global Crisis Management Report

Located at:

Maui Wildfires Situation Report #12- FINAL

Of Note:

There are currently 115 confirmed fatalities with 100% of the affected areas searched:
o A total of 48 victims have been identified and their next of kin notified.
o Additional victims have been identified.
o There remains 388 people who remain listed as unaccounted.
• Mass Care and Human Services Update:
o A total of 18 Non-Congregate Shelters is open with a population of 4,315 people.
o The Hawaii Red Cross deployed more than 600 team members to support response and recovery activities.
o The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the waiver to allow the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase hot foods that are sold through approved food retailers statewide. This waiver is in effect until September 14th.

Monday, August 28, 2023

πŸ₯ IMSPARK: Improved Public Health PreparednessπŸ₯


πŸ₯ Imagine... Improved Public Health PreparednessπŸ₯

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where a federal response is commensurate with the needs of a community impacted by a disaster.

Source: πŸ“š

Denigan-Macauley, M. (2023). Critical Need to Address Deficiencies in HHS's Leadership and Coordination of Public Health Emergencies. United States Government Accountability Office

Link: πŸ”—


What's the Big Deal: πŸ’₯  

(HHS) is tasked with leading and coordinating public health emergencies effectively, ensuring clear roles, consistent data, transparent communication, accountability, and a deep understanding of partners' capabilities. 🌐The consequences of inadequate leadership and coordination in public health emergencies could have a profound impact. 🌟 Lives are at stake, economies can crumble, and public confidence can wane. πŸŒ… Timely responses to emerging threats like pandemics or natural disasters demand streamlined roles, data-driven decisions, transparent communication, rigorous accountability, and a profound understanding of partners' capabilities. These elements form the bedrock of an effective emergency response. πŸ₯The lessons learned from previous emergencies underscore the urgency of these improvements, as they impact our preparedness for the inevitable future incidents and ensure we learn from the hardship and losses of those who were impacted in the past.

#Public Health Emergency,#DisasterPreparedness, #HHS, #GAO, #IMSPARK,#MauiStrong, 

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Maui Wildfire Sitrep #11 CAO 8/27/2023 16:00 HST

 Forwarding Global Crisis Management Report

Located at:

Maui Wildfires Situation Report #11

Of Note:

· Federal Recovery Update:
o A total of 65 Federal Law Enforcement Officers are assisting Maui County Police Department.
o The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing technical assistance to the State and Maui County regarding design of community air monitoring efforts.
o Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces completed their mission and were demobilized on August 25th.

πŸ’Š IMSPARK: Eliminating Barriers to Lifesaving Medicine Delivery During Disasters πŸ’Š

 πŸ’Š Imagine... Eliminating Barriers to Lifesaving Medicine Delivery During Disasters πŸ’Š

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

A future where every person in need can access essential medications swiftly and without delay

πŸ”— Link: - COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Transition Roadmap

πŸ“š Source:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (February 9, 2023). Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Transition Roadmap.

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

Every disaster, whether natural or man-made, reveals vulnerabilities in our medical supply chain. Ensuring that lifesaving medicines reach those in need, regardless of the circumstances, is not just a local challenge but a national imperative. 🚚 In times of crisis, the ability to swiftly deliver essential medications can mean the difference between life and death. πŸ‘©‍⚕️Building a future where medicine delivery remains resilient in the face of disasters is crucial. By eliminating barriers, we strengthen our collective ability to respond to unforeseen challenges. πŸŒͺ️ In a disaster lifesaving medicine should be accessible to all, especially during emergencies.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

🌍 IMSPARK: Ensuring Disaster Resilience for Vulnerable and Marginalized Communities 🌍

 πŸŒ Imagine... Ensuring Disaster Resilience for Vulnerable and Marginalized Communities 🌍

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

A future where vulnerable and marginalized communities are prepared and capable of ensuring their safety during a disaster.

πŸ“š Source:

Homeland Security News Wire. (19 August 2023). Hurricanes Have Become Deadlier, Especially for Socially Vulnerable.

πŸ”— Link:

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

Envisions a future where disaster resilience is not a privilege but a right for all, especially the vulnerable and marginalized. It recognizes the unique challenges faced by people with impairments, who often find themselves in harm's way due to a lack of accommodations, medicine, and treatment. A future where vulnerable and marginalized communities are equipped to withstand disasters, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of people with impairments, ensuring they have access to accommodation, vital medicines, and treatment. This vision aims to create an inclusive future where everyone, regardless of their abilities, is protected from the threat of disasters.



Friday, August 25, 2023

πŸŒ… IMSPARK: Disaster Resilience with Community Building and Volunteerism πŸŒ…

 πŸŒ… Imagine… Disaster Resilience with Community Building and Volunteerism πŸŒ…

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

Imagine a future where disaster-affected communities are rebuilt investing in resilience using social capital through volunteerism and community building.

πŸ“š Sources:

Whittaker, J., McLennan, B. J., & Handmer, J. (July 2015). A review of informal volunteerism in emergencies and disasters: Definition, opportunities and challenges. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 13(4).

πŸ”— Link:

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

Envision a future where disaster recovery is not solely dependent on formal systems but is driven by community building and volunteer efforts. It highlights the potential of informal volunteers, emphasizes inclusivity, and underscores the importance of community resilience. 🌐 This transformative vision aims to empower individuals and communities, creating a global network of support that can swiftly respond to crises. 🏒 It's about fostering a culture of proactive engagement, where ordinary citizens can become extraordinary agents of change.

Table of methods to invest with social capital:

Key Points


1. Citizen Involvement

Ordinary citizens are often the initial first responders in emergencies, providing invaluable assistance to affected communities.

2. Digital Volunteerism

Advanced tech enables digital volunteerism, allowing remote contributions.

3. Cultural Competency Experts

Informal volunteers can provide much-needed expertise in understanding the host culture of the community to aid in the response effort.

4. Data Analyst

Adaptive and projected impact models provide avenues for better planning and strategy in the response

5. Cooperation and Coordination Liaisons

Field experts can create avenues for responders to interact and message their efforts to the community.

6. Observers and Recorders

Capturing data that can be used in research is needed and will be beneficial in future disasters that impact communities.




Thursday, August 24, 2023

Maui Wildfire Sitrep #10 CAO 8/24/2023 16:00 HST

  Forwarding Global Crisis Management Report

Located at:

Maui Wildfires Situation Report #10

Of NoteHealthcare, Mass Care, and Human Services Update: • The Kula Hospital water supply has been shut off, and they are utilizing a          backup water source. • Currently, there are over 2,700 individuals sheltered across 11 hotel locations          on Maui, in close collaboration with the American Red Cross.• The Hawaii Red Cross has successfully distributed 103,424 meals and snacks          to those in need. • The Salvation Army has been actively providing nourishing meals and          offering emotional and spiritual support to survivors.• Efforts have resulted in more than 600 displaced students being successfully          re-enrolled in other public schools.

πŸ₯ IMSPARK: Empowering the Pacific with Community Health Workers πŸ₯

 πŸ₯ Imagine - Empowering the Pacific with Community Health Workers πŸ₯

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

Picture a Pacific region where the profession of Community Health Workers (CHWs) is esteemed and fairly compensated with a living wage. A robust pool of professional CHWs, trained and recruited in the Pacific, filling the existing service gap, fostering community well-being and health.



Gorman, B. (2023, July 20). State Policies Bolster Investment in Community Health Workers. ASTHO. Retrieved from

πŸ’₯What's the Big Deal:

The vision of a robust Community Health Worker (CHW) industry in the Pacific could signify a substantive step towards health equity and social well-being. πŸ‘₯ State policies are increasingly acknowledging CHWs as indispensable agents of change, crucial in bridging gaps in healthcare and promoting overall wellness. 🌱 By providing dedicated funding, establishing certification programs, and expanding Medicaid coverage, The profession of CHW continues to create advocates, educators, and pillars of public health support within communities. πŸ’“ CHWs play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between health services and underserved populations, addressing health disparities, and promoting equity. Their expertise and advocacy empower communities to thrive and create a healthier future for the Pacific.


Hashtags: #CommunityHealthWorker, #CHW,#HealthEquity,#PacificIslands,#HealthDisparities,#IMSPARK, #PublicHealth,

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Maui Wildfire Sitrep #9 CAO 8/22/2023 14:00 HST

  Forwarding Global Crisis Management Report

Located at:

Maui Wildfires Situation Report #9

Of note:

Mission priorities remain focused on search and rescue, fire containment, and damage assessments.
o Maui County Fire Department reports that there are no active fire threats currently.

-    There are now 115 confirmed fatalities with 100% of the single-story, residential properties searched in the disaster area:

o Search teams will now transition to searching multi-story residential and commercial properties.
o Maui County has confirmed that there are 850 missing persons.
o Maui County has released the identities of some of the victims.
o Honolulu Fire and Maui County Fire departments have completed underwater searches of the Lahaina Harbor.
- An amendment to the Major Disaster Declaration was added on August 21st.
o The President and First Lady visited Maui on August 21st.

IMSPARK: Safeguarding Our Kupuna in Long-Term Care During DisastersπŸ₯


πŸ₯Imagine... Safeguarding Our Kupuna in Long-Term Care During DisastersπŸ₯

πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

A future where the safety and well-being of our Kupuna (seniors) in long-term care facilities are prioritized during disasters, ensuring they receive timely and comprehensive support.

πŸ”— Link:

πŸ“š Source:

Scherr, T. M., & Scherr, D. (2023, July 19). Long-Term Care Facilities in Emergency Preparedness Planning.

πŸ’₯What's the Big Deal:

Long-term care facilities play a vital role in caring for our Kupuna (seniors) in the Pacific, but they face unique challenges during disasters. πŸ‘΅Older adults are more vulnerable and require specialized care during emergencies. 🌟 This issue intensifies for those in long-term care facilities and it is incumbent to have be well-prepared to safeguard our Kupuna during disasters.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates these facilities conduct risk assessments and establish comprehensive emergency plans to address potential hazards, care-related emergencies, communication interruptions, and power failures. 🌟Evacuation and shelter-in-place strategies must be developed to handle various scenarios like hurricanes, mass infections, and more.

πŸ›‘️Past disasters have revealed critical safety failures in some nursing homes, leading to preventable fatalities. To address this, CMS, FEMA, and state agencies are providing resources and guidelines to enhance emergency preparedness in the hopes that establishing response standards, and facilities can improve response capabilities and reduce risks during disasters.

#Kupuna, #LongTermCare, #EmergencyPreparedness #Resilience #ElderCare

Monday, August 21, 2023

Maui Wildfire Sitrep #8 CAO 8/21/2023 14:00 HST

 Forwarding Global Crisis Management Report

Located at:

Maui Wildfires Situation Report #8

Of Note
The Maui Fire Department is assisting the State Division of Forestry and Wildfire with the extinguishment and containment of the Upcountry Fire: o The perimeter is holding, with suppression focusing on extinguishing scattered hotspots, mainly in the area gulches. o Maui County Fire Department and the Urban Search and Rescue teams are conducting secondary low and high searches. o The Federal Bureau of Investigation Honolulu Division is assisting the Maui Police Department with their efforts to locate and identify those who are missing or may be victims of the wildfires.

🌊 IMSPARK: The Ocean’s Embrace: Nurturing the Blue Pacific🌊

🌊 Imagine... The Ocean’s Embrace: Nurturing the Blue Pacific🌊 πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate :  A harmonious balance between human prosperity and oc...