Showing posts with label #MauiStrong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #MauiStrong. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

🏝️ IMSPARK: Bridging the Gap in Disaster Relief :The Hawai'i Pacific Advisory Group (HPAG) 🏝️

 πŸ️ Imagine... Bridging the Gap in Disaster Relief :The Hawai'i Pacific Advisory Group (HPAG) 🏝️


πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

Bridging gaps between affected communities and disaster relief organizations with organizations whose mission it is to ensure that help reaches the right places at the right time during disasters.

πŸ“š Source:

Imagine Pacific. (2023) Hawai'i Pacific Advisory Group.

πŸ”— Link:

    For more info:

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

Introducing the Hawaii Pacific Advisory Group (HPAG), a critical organization established to enhance disaster response and relief coordination in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires. πŸ”₯ HPAG acts as an intermediary, 🌏connecting disaster-affected communities with resources and support effectively. 🌴 It emphasizes the importance of community and cultural competence, agility, and collaboration. 🀝HPAG's role is to provide advisory support and ensure that the right help is delivered to the right place at the right time during disasters, creating a more responsive and efficient disaster relief network.


#HPAG,#ServiceGap,#Thinktank,#Threatreduction,#CulturalCompetence,#DisasterPreparedness,#DisasterResponse,#Mauistrong

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

πŸ’ͺIMEA: "The case for Investing in Community Resilience: Social Capital as a currency after a Disaster Response." πŸ’ͺ

 πŸ’ͺImagine Pacific Envisioned Analysis (IMEA): "The case for Investing in Community Resilience: Social Capital as a currency after a Disaster Response." πŸ’ͺ

πŸ’­ I. Imagine...

A future where disaster-affected communities are rebuilt with resilience, powered by the strength of their social capital. In this vision, communities come together through volunteerism and community building, creating deep social connections and civic engagement that safeguard the vulnerable during disasters and foster collective strength.

πŸ’‘ II. Imagined Endstate:

Envision a world where communities are not just physically prepared for disasters but socially and emotionally resilient. Communities in this future proactively cultivate social capital, which becomes the bedrock of their resilience. Through volunteerism, civic engagement, and mutual support, they are well-prepared to face disasters, ensuring that no one is left behind in times of crisis.

πŸ’Ό III. What's the Case:

Every disaster, whether natural or man-made, reveals vulnerabilities not just in our lifesaving essential resources like our medical supply chain; it also impacts the very fabric of our communities. Disasters lay bare the inequities and shortcomings in our collective ability to respond and recover. Ensuring the swift delivery of essential life-saving resources during a crisis is crucial for saving lives, but resilience is necessary for the community to carry on in the aftermath.

As evident in the Maui wildfire of 2023, though the local, state, and federal responses were needed and necessary, the community remained the linchpin and guidepost for recovery. It was quickly recognized that the most reliable, nimblest, and dependable resources communities had were the communities in and of themselves. Here it was proven that the benefit of social capital in a response was valuable and substantial. Communities were bound by deep social connections, civic engagement, and adherence to the cultural significance of the “sense of place”. It allowed for an environment of community-based mutual support that safeguarded the vulnerable and fostered a collective strength for those impacted by disasters.

πŸ”Ž IV. Consider This:

Fig 1. Provides a Table of Methods How to Invest with Social Capital in Disaster Response:

Fig 1:  Social Capital Methods (SCM)

(SCM) Descriptions

Citizen Involvement

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

Digital Volunteerism

Advanced tech enables digital volunteerism, allowing remote contributions.

Cultural Competency Experts

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

Data Analysts

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

Cooperation and Coordination Liaisons

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

Observers and Recorders

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

πŸ“š V. Research This:

1.     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).

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

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

4.      Schwartz, G. (2023, August 9). Community Preparedness for the Socially & Civically Isolated.

5.     IMSPARK: Disaster Resilience with Community Building and Volunteerism, August 25, 2023, Imagine Pacific Pulse

6.     IMSPARK: Imagine Empowered Communities in Disaster Response: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), August 17, 2023, Imagine Pacific Pulse

🌍 VI. Secondary Benefits for Communities:

1.     Enhanced Disaster Resilience: Social capital allows communities to withstand disasters with resilience, ensuring that even the most vulnerable are protected.

2.     Inclusive Preparedness: Ensures vulnerable and marginalized communities, including those with impairments, have access to accommodations, vital medicines, and treatment.

3.     Unity and Support: In an era of increasing loneliness and isolation, embedding social capital into emergency strategies fosters unity, support, and resilience. Socially isolated individuals become integrated into a network of mutual aid.

πŸ“Š VII. QR Reader Survey:

To better understand the importance of social capital in disaster response, we invite readers to participate in our QR Reader Survey. Your insights will contribute to Imagine Pacific’s understanding and assessment of how communities leverage social capital for resilience.

πŸ“’ VIII. Call to Action:

We call upon communities, organizations, and policymakers to recognize the pivotal role of social capital in disaster response. Here's how you can make a difference:

1.     Support Initiatives: Back initiatives that promote volunteerism, civic engagement, and community building.

2.     Engage with Communities: Reach out to vulnerable and marginalized communities, ensuring they have access to necessary accommodations, vital resources, safety and security.

3.     Embrace Unity: Encourage unity and support within your community. Support networks that work toward the mission leaving no one behind in times of crisis.

4.     Advocate for Inclusivity: Advocate for inclusivity in disaster preparedness strategies. Every individual, regardless of abilities, deserves protection from the threat of disasters.

5.     Collaborate: Encourage local organizations and authorities to integrate social capital into emergency responses.

🀝 IX. Conclusion:

In a world where disaster response is often measured in terms of resources and logistics, let us not forget the most valuable resource of all - the strength of our communities bound by social capital. The most crucial asset to ensure stays online is the power of community. If we successfully sustain this most vital utility, we can create a world where disaster response isn't just about recovery; it's about building stronger, more resilient communities that can recover from any disaster.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

πŸŒ… IMSPARK: Disaster Response Social CapitalπŸŒ… (VIDEO)


πŸŒ… Welcome to another episode of Imagine Pacific Information Spark! πŸŒ… 

In today's discussion, we dive deep into a world of possibilities, exploring the theme of disaster resilience through community building and volunteerism.


πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:

 Can you envision a future where disaster-affected communities aren't just rebuilt but are fortified with resilience? 🌏 This transformation is driven by social capital nurtured through the power of volunteerism and community building. 

πŸ“š Source:

 In our quest to explore this concept, we draw from insightful research, including a review of informal volunteerism in emergencies and disasters by Whittaker, McLennan, and Handmer (2015), and the thought-provoking book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam.

πŸ’₯ What's the Big Deal:

Imagine a world where disaster recovery isn't solely dependent on formal systems but thrives on the spirit of volunteerism and community cohesion. 🌐 This isn't just about recovery; it's about empowerment, inclusivity, and the resilience of communities. By fostering a global network of support, ordinary individuals become extraordinary agents of change.

Methods to Invest with Social Capital: Discover the key strategies that form the foundation of this transformative vision:

·       πŸ‘₯ Citizen Involvement: Ordinary citizens, often the first responders in emergencies, play a pivotal role.

·       .πŸ›‘️Digital Volunteerism: Technology enables remote contributions and support.

·       🌱 Cultural Competency Experts: Informal volunteers bring essential cultural insights.

·       πŸ’» Data Analysts: Data-driven strategies enhance planning and response.

·       πŸ’ͺCooperation and Coordination Liaisons: Field experts connect responders and communities.

·       πŸ“²Observers and Recorders: Data capture for future research and disaster preparedness. Join us in this compelling conversation and be part of a future where resilience isn't just a concept but a reality. πŸ™

Thank you for watching this episode of IMSPARK. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and explore more engaging content on Imagine Pacific. Together, we're building a stronger and more resilient future.


#Volunteers,#DisasterResponse,#SocialCapital,#CommunityResilience,#IMSPARK,#MauiStrong, 


Friday, September 1, 2023

♿ IMSPARK: IMAGINE... Telehealth Access for the Pacific Disabled Community ♿

 

♿ IMAGINE... Telehealth Access for the Pacific Disabled Community ♿

1.πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where telehealth becomes an accessible and accepted standard of care for individuals with disabilities, empowering them to receive quality healthcare services remotely

2. πŸ”— Link:

(1): VA Elevating Telehealth Training, Improving Veteran Care

(2): Telehealth & Disability: Recommendations for Providers

3. πŸ“š Source:

a.      Clapper, J. (2023, July 12). VA elevating telehealth training, improving Veteran care.

b.     Telehealth Resource Center. (2021, September). Telehealth & Disability: Recommendations for Providers.

4.     πŸ’₯What's the Big Deal:

Telehealth has the potential to improve healthcare access for vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities, but communication barriers hinder its full utilization. Around 61 million US adults have disabilities, necessitating improved telehealth strategies to cater to their unique needs. 🌐 Recommendations for providers include assessing necessary products and services, considering assistive technology compatibility, and incorporating accessibility features. Providers should also involve caregivers, enhance cultural sensitivity, and offer auxiliary aids like sign language interpreters and real-time translation services. ♿ Effective communication can be achieved through remote interpretation services, video-based appointments, and written materials in advance. In addition, organizations like the VA and the University of Hawaii are actively working to expand telehealth services in the Pacific, overcoming geographic isolation and limited resources to advance healthcare accessibility and equity.


                               #TelehealthAccess,#HealthAccess,#VeteransCare,#DigitalAccess,#DigitalInclusion, 

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: 

https://www.globalcrisismgmtrpt.com/post/maui-wildfires-situation-report-12-final

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”—

GAO REPORT

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: https://www.globalcrisismgmtrpt.com/post/maui-wildfires-situation-report-11

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:

HHS.gov - 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:

https://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20230819-hurricanes-have-become-deadlier-especially-for-socially-vulnerable

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.

 #MarginalizedCommunities,#VulnerablePopulations,#DisasterPreparedness,#Inclusion,#IMSPARK,#MauiStrong,#DisabilitiesStudies, 

 

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:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282556010_A_review_of_informal_volunteerism_in_emergencies_and_disasters_Definition_opportunities_and_challenges

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

Summary

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.

 

#Volunteers,#DisasterResponse,#SocialCapital,#CommunityResilience,#IMSPARK,#MauiStrong,

 

🦀 IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦀

 πŸ¦€ Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦀  πŸ’‘ Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...