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Happy New Year [pinch-and-punch]

Most important blog event of the year 2008 seems to have been sometime between 28 August and 29 August, I guess. [where is Nowhere, Alaska ]

Months and Years stats

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2006 95 718 1,095 1,908
2007 1,787 2,229 2,969 3,706 3,167 2,907 2,795 2,846 3,645 4,742 4,778 3,706 39,277
2008 5,815 5,757 6,236 6,240 5,496 4,822 5,315 5,374 19,842 9,067 6,823 4,343 85,130
2009 96 96


2008-08-28
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2008-08-29
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2008-08-30
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2008-08-31
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Bethel “town hall” meeting on AGIA

**February 21 [deadline]

I don’t understand why the State is spending tax money for these meetings when the State will not take testimony or hear from the public. At least there is a greater lead time than last year– Gov. Palin and DNR Commissioner scheduled a hearing in Bethel on Friday for the following Sunday (3-day notice). Given the short notice, a Sunday morning, specifically Palm Sunday, no wonder it was a no-show, except the Commissioner.

The basics of genuine public involvement (or CBPR for the medicos) aren’t difficult. A recent illustration is an article by Susan Jacoby, in the February 17, 2008 LA Times A president who wants to be a leader must first be a teacher.

There is a difference between propaganda and education….

KETCHIKAN in the Cape Fox Lodge, Mountain Room
NOME in the Old St. Joseph’s Church Hall
BETHEL in the UAF – Kuskokwim Campus – Yup’iit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Town hall meetings will be held at the above locations from 6 to 8pm to provide an update on efforts to get a natural gas pipeline in the AK GASLINE INDUCEMENT ACT (AGIA). The meeting will discuss how AGIA works, the applications that were filed and what happens next. The meeting is informational only, no public comments will be taken. Public comment ends March 6.

The Alaska Gasline Inducement Act – Office of the Governor

Public Review and Comment Procedures and Deadline (pdf file only)

AGIA Town Hall Meetings
REVISED (2/11/08) AGIA Town Hall Meetings Schedule & Locations


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Gov. Palin 2008 State of the State address

Gov. Palin’s address is transcribed here. See related, Rhonda McBride appointed rural advisor to Gov. Palin
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Alaska Governor’s 2008 State of the State Address By newsdesk – Posted on January 16th, 2008 State of the State Address Alaska Governor Sarah Palin PRESENTED TO THE 25th Alaska Legislature Second Regular Session January 15, 2008


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What’s next in AK erosion? Read Katrina’s saga

The Unorganized Borough can’t wait for others to prepare for us. Why? Track the entries at The Voices of New Orleans, http://www.chinmusicpress.com/books/doyouknow/voices/ especially for the terms FEMA and Army Corps (and for Newtok, Alaska). The archive list of titles is News Archive – http://www.chinmusicpress.com/books/doyouknow/voices/news/ (Unfortunately there is no search function other than your browser’s for titles.)

“While the United States government is immune for legal liability for the defalcations alleged herein, it is not free, nor should it be, from posterity’s judgment concerning its failure to accomplish what was its task,” the judge wrote. “This story — 50 years in the making — is heart-wrenching. Millions of dollars were squandered in building a levee system with respect to these outfall canals which was known to be inadequate by the corps’s own calculations.”

Though the ruling spotlighted many missteps by the corps over the years, it made little of other possible factors, including culpability of former local officials overseeing levees and drainage, and particularly their rejection of the corps’s original plan for floodgates on the drainage canals that so devastated the city. [emphasis added]


http://www.chinmusicpress.com/books/doyouknow/voices/news/ 2008/02/nyt_of_course_the_suit_was_thr.html

2011-02-23 The website no longer exists but maybe the relevant posts exist at the Wayback machine, Excuse Me, but New Orleans is not Newtok, Alaska

Hartford: Safe in ivory tower, prof declares NOLA dead

NYT: Of course the suit was thrown out

Hartford: Safe in ivory tower, prof declares NOLA dead Source: Hartford Courant July 06, 2007 Source: Hartford Courant Here’s another one of those supposed deep thinkers who just wants to lay it on the line. New Orleans as we know it is dead, he says. As dead as the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta. Harumph. Look at my Ph.d. framed nicely on my wall:

“I think he’s saying two main points–
1) sustainable living is living within one’s environmental means. The environment is in constant flux and the cultural response (what people do) ought also be flexible, to adapt. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Rivers delta is a living biocultural system, for example.

2) ethically and morally, wouldn’t barricading NOLA against environmental change in the delta be the same as barricading change in the YK delta? and therefore the billions of dollars required for either delta to rebuild the way it was, bad infrastructure and all, (rather than working with the change) come equally from everyone else?

Now, if the efforts were directed towards living *with* a delta system, the costs over the next 100 years would be considerably less and the resilient cultures even stronger. This isn’t “writing off” the deltas and their people; it’s preserving them.

NOLA is equally entitled to re-build bad design as YK. In fact, the Army Corps would love to fix our delta the same way they fixed yours over the decades. If we “re-build” one delta, then ethically “re-build” the other. We’ll go first.

Posted by: mpb | July 7, 2007 11:45 AM

Thanks for your response. Perhaps you should have written the article. Your points are cogent and I don’t disagree for the most part.

But the professor claims that the people of the Yukon delta aren’t playing the race card when they emphatically are (check out the NYT article linked in the post above this one). The professor is at best ill-informed on the subject. His desire to strip away race and greed and other “secondary” issues in our understanding of the broken levees is horribly misguided. We need to understand all the elements of the problem, not just global warming, because, again, the floods of NOLA could have been prevented.

Rebuilding bad design, as you say, is not a great option. But the Dutch don’t have bad design. Why do we have to?

Posted by: Bruce | July 7, 2007 10:18 PM”
http://web.archive.org/web/20071109080817/www.chinmusicpress.com/books/doyouknow/voices/news/2007/07/hartford_safe_in_ivory_tower_p.html

One remote Alaska village fights to stay alive — and stay put
Jill Burke | Feb 22, 2011 http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/one-remote-alaska-village-fights-stay-alive-and-stay-put

Koyukuk has been unable to secure upgrades to its inadequate sewer system. How did a village along one of Alaska’s Interior river systems suddenly find itself keeping company, at least on paper, with a handful of sea-battered coastal communities imminently at risk of falling into the ocean? Koyukuk Mayor Jason Malemute isn’t sure. But he’s determined to get the place he’s called home nearly all his life off the list of Alaska villages that must be relocated to survive….


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Review of a disaster preparedness training for tribal leaders

Disaster Preparedness Training for Tribal Leaders http://www.occup-med.com/content/pdf/1745-6673-3-2.pdf (pdf file format)

Describes a disaster preparedness training program for tribal leaders conducted in Arizona. Discusses the role of cultural competency, respect for tribal sovereignty, solicitation of historical examples of indigenous preparedness, and incorporation of tribal community networks in the success of the program.

Date: 2008
Journal: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology Volume: 3 Issue: 2

from The Rural Assistance Center– a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. All listings contained in this e-mail can also be accessed from the Rural Assistance Center Web site, Go to http://www.raconline.org/listserv/health/011708.html

The Challenges section is very important– pointing out the disadvantages of the “usual approach” to working with tribes (and why grassroots science or community-based programs would be better)

Challenges
There were several challenges to implementing the trainings in the field. These were mostly created by the very short timeline for the project due to funding restrictions. This meant there was little time to visit in the field with key stakeholders and to further encourage participation. As a result, the identification of the training participants was left almost entirely to the BT Coordinator for each tribe. Given the newness of many of these individuals to a newly created role, not all of these coordinators were well integrated into their local public health system. Some were not based within their health programs, but rather operated out of their emergency management departments. As a result several trainings had limited public health personnel participation.

Additionally the scope of the project was very broad as it encompassed all five regions within the state, and required cooperation between tribal, county and federal agency counterparts. Fragmentation within each local public health system resulted in some communication breakdowns and last minute requests.

Other challenges to participation in the training included limited resources available to the tribes. In some cases there were no travel funds for relevant personnel to attend the training session. In other instances, public health emergency preparedness and issues of bioterrorism were not considered priorities particularly compared other competing needs facing under-funded tribal health programs. Subsequently, there were several of the tribes whose BT coordinators and public health personnel were not represented at the training.

In regards to the curriculum, a “one-size fits all” approach created some challenges to meeting the needs of the audience. Due to the diverse backgrounds, roles and skills sets of the participants it was difficult to find the right pitch for all. For some it was too basic and for others too advanced. The content areas required for each module were very broad and it was difficult to present all the content comfortably in three half-day sessions.

Related content (off-site)–
Cooperative Extension Work in Indian Country
Public involvement how-to readings
Developing Minority Community Capacity in Environmental Health & Hazardous Substances
Biocultural Dimensions of Environment and Health


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More emergency and disaster preparedness (special populations)

Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

from the great Bringing Health Information to Communities (see sidebar, BHIC)

A new Web page that addresses emergency and disaster preparedness and special populations has been added to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Enviro-Health Links to selected Web sites featuring emergency preparedness for special populations. This includes people with disabilities, people with visual or hearing impairments, senior citizens, children, and women. Links to information in languages other than English are also provided.

* Disabled
* Seniors
* Hearing Impaired
* Visually Impaired
* Women and Gender
* Pregnancy
* Children
* Diabetes
* Native Americans
* Foreign Language Materials
* Información en Español
* Guidance for Organizations and Governments
* Guidance for Employers
* Law and Policy
* Lessons Learned from Prior Disasters
* Searches from the National Library of Medicine

See related resources
Top 50 reading list for emergency managementFederal toolkit to promote local pandemic preparedness


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Bird flu kills people too (still)

Just a reminder. These are fatalities in just a single reporting country

Indonesia bird flu deaths hit 100
The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia has risen to 100 – almost half of the total worldwide fatalities.
Today 06:50 AM


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Baby care handwashing

Lynne asks how old a baby can be before a caregiver (or stranger) cuts back on frequency of handwashing before touching the child.

I haven’t kept up with the latest pediatric advice. I would check with a doctor first or the university extension program, especially about a specific baby. Surprisingly, this is another topic difficult to locate specifics for implementation. I suspect the information needed (with supporting documentation) is there, just locked behind subscriptions and as an unfunded person I can’t get to it.

Lynne’s question is really about assessing risk. Here are general guidelines.

  • Age-related development terms are: Newborns or neonates are under 1 month old; Infants or babies are usually 3 months to 18 months; toddlers 12-2 years
  • Situation posed by Lynne is likely–
    “Normal” or routine baby maintenance
    involving some strangers and family
    with or without other babies around
    We aren’t talking about neonates (newborn) nor day care and play groups nor nurseries. We aren’t speaking of health care providers (who are exposed to many ill people).

In general, my guess would be 18 months is an age when others can resume everyday handwashing, certainly no sooner than 12 months or whenever infants can get around on their own (crawling or scooting). Their immune system should be in good shape then. If I remember my development biology correctly, babies get some immunity protection from their mothers for the first few months, while they switch over to their own developing system. However, getting born is a shock. Babies even experience a growth suppression then growth spurt. A lot is going on with them, so hand hygiene by others is important.

I would think there are three four main considerations–
* everyone should practice good hygiene (not excessive germ phobia) because as people we share our environment This includes keeping the living areas clean and dry.
* babies usually have pretty intimate contact with others (diapers, kissing, sharing food, sharing toys, mouthing everything) so others need to be aware of how they transmit germs to babies (don’t share chewed food or teething toys, for example)
* babies are developing their own immune systems. They need exposure to the normal environment, but intense exposure or exposure to contaminated environments can overwhelm.
* if you live in a community with an ongoing outbreak of salmonella, listeria, RSV, pneumonia, TB, norovirus, etc. and / or difficult access to clean water, then be extra vigilant with hand hygiene. see related, Give germs the boot, not our babies: unwashed hands make everyone sick

As babies get older, regular hand hygiene *by everyone* should be sufficient (by everyone is the key) for simple contact with the baby. That is, wash hands after bathroom use, after food preparation, after returning home from work, after contact sports, after petting the cow, etc.

I’m not real happy with this answer because I think it is too general. However, I’ll keep looking. I don’t really trust a lot of those new baby books either, but I don’t have access to their science to evaluate them. If anyone runs across a better suggestion, please let us know.

Protecting Against Flu – Infant Care
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/pdf/infantcare.pdf

for hcw (health care workers) http://www.cec.health.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/cleanhandssavelives/documents/FAQ020207.pdf


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New scientific summary of flu transmission and protection

Influenza and Personal Protective Respiratory Equipment

The Council of Canadian Academies was asked by the Government of Canada to undertake an assessment on the modes of transmission of influenza and the contribution of respirators or surgical masks towards inhibiting the spread of the virus.

Question: How and where is influenza (both seasonal and pandemic) transmitted? Based on the conclusions of this review, what is the contribution that N95 respirators or surgical masks will make in the prevention of transmission of influenza?

in pdf file format
The Complete Report (0.98 mb)
Report in Focus (235 kb)
News Release (102 kb)


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