Thursday, March 31, 2016

Internship with CDC’s Public Health Law Program. March 2016 Announcement

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Public Health Law and Administrative Communication Internship with CDC’s Public Health Law Program

CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) is offering the Administrative and Communication Internship/Externship for motivated students enrolled in masters-level programs earning degrees in public health, public policy, public administration, communication, business, or similar disciplines.
With rolling start and completion dates during the academic year, this internship/externship exposes students to high-level strategic planning and other program functions, including marketing, communication, project management, and partner engagement. The internship/externship is 9–14 weeks long in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Help write and research breaking stories and relevant commentary for PHLP publications and communications, including Public Health Law News
  • Provide coverage highlights of state and federal congressional hearings, regulatory meetings, and other events driving news about public health
  • Help maintain listservs, communications archives, and PHLP’s website content
  • Help design and execute PHLP’s marketing and communication plans
  • Coordinate webinars and trainings with partner organizations 
Requirements and Skills
  • Currently enrolled in a masters-level public health, public policy, public administration, communication, business, or other related program
  • Excellent communication and time managements skills
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment
These internships/externships are unpaid. Internships are not tied to academic credit. Externship and practicum opportunities are available for students seeking academic credit as authorized by law schools or schools of public health.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to PHLP accepts applications via email only.

  • Summer–February 28
  • Fall—May 31
  • Spring—November 1

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Veterans Disability Rating. Congratulations you got rated 0%!

Congratulations you got rated 0%

Remember a 0% rating means 80% of your fight for that disability is over. 

The VA has acknowledged that disability is service connected!!!!!!

Now if it ever worsens provide "EVIDENCE' and if it is in compliance with the regulation that warrants a higher rating you should have no problem. Learn about the Rating tables, and how to read them.

Print out the impairment ratings for your service-connected conditions and be on the lookout for changes in your condition that fit those symptoms.
The VA publishes the Impairment Ratings at 38 CFR Table 4, which is known as the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. You can find it on the internet by doing a search for 38 CFR Table 4.

Revisit them every year, and file a claim for Increase IF you experience worsening symptoms or limitations.

So don’t despair when you get awarded a 0% award.....

Thursday, March 24, 2016

White House Internship Program application cycle closes on Sunday, April 17, 2016


Do you know leaders interested in interning at the White House for the Obama Administration?  Encourage them to apply today for the Fall 2016 White House Internship Program – the final internship opportunity in the Obama Administration.  This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
·        Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
·        Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
·        A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship

Every summer since the start of the Obama Administration in 2009, graduating high school seniors from public and charter high schools in the District of Columbia have been invited to apply for a part-time summer internship opportunity at the White House through the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House. 

Additional information on both programs, including eligibility requirements, application materials, and internship timelines are available on our website: 

How can you help?
·        Promote the White House Internship Program at your alma mater.  Email for more information.
·        Encourage eligible applicants to apply before the deadline – the final intern application cycle in the Obama Administration!  The Fall 2016 White House Internship Program application cycle closes on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM, EST and the application for the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House closes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.  Application questions should be directed to and
·        Distribute the attached flyers to potential applicants and other contacts who may be interested in the program.

WHIP Flyer_Fall 2016 White House Internship Program.pdf



Next round of Innovative Conservation Program grants focuses on water/energy nexus projects

Three of the West’s largest municipal water agencies have partnered with federal agencies to kick off the latest round of an expanded competitive grant program aimed at discovering the next generation of water-saving devices and technologies.

For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is participating with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as well as the Central Arizona Project, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Southern Nevada Water Authority in the Innovative Conservation Program.  The program, which includes Southern California Gas Co., seeks to advance water-saving efforts by finding new and innovative methods for using supplies more efficiently.

“As Western states brace for another year of drought, many are regarding dry conditions as the new normal," said Tom├ís Torres, EPA’s water division director for the Pacific Southwest. "By supporting the ICP, we’re investing in innovative solutions to help communities meet the challenges of tomorrow—today.”
This year’s $500,000 ICP cycle focuses on water-saving devices, technologies and strategy proposals that address the water/energy nexus.  Awards will be made in two funding categories: up to $30,000 and between $30,000 and $100,000.  Proposals that address other aspects of water-use efficiency also will be considered.  All proposals are due May 23.

Since Metropolitan and Reclamation began the ICP in 2001, the program has awarded 57 grants totaling $1.85 million during the first five two-year funding cycles.  Overall, the ICP has yielded 262 proposals totaling $27 million in funding requests from public agencies, community-based organizations, private companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes and equipment manufacturers.

“These kinds of successful programs with our partners are an important tool in Reclamation's Colorado River water management responsibilities as we face the effects of years of drought and the influences of climate variability," said Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp.

Inventive approaches funded in previous cycles include the development of a pressurized water broom that replaces the need to use a hose to clean patios, driveways and other large surface areas, saving up to 250,000 gallons of water over its lifetime, and an X-ray film-processing unit that recycles more than 90 percent of the 1 million gallons a typical machine uses in a year in a hospital or medical center.

The last ICP round supported the investigation of plant-sensor based irrigation in vineyards for both wine quality and yield, and several projects on soil amendments that maintain the health of the grass while significantly minimizing the amount of water applied.

“Ongoing efforts to reduce Colorado River water demands have yielded water savings throughout the Colorado River Basin, and this program provides another tool to further those efforts through water-related innovations and public-private partnerships,” said John Entsminger, Southern Nevada’s general manager.

Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive review process based on project innovations; a water/energy saving and research plan; market impact potential; cost effectiveness; ICP focus and project preparedness.
Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said the ICP fosters fresh and innovative approaches and inspires creative ideas and strategies to reduce water use. “As the Southland adapts in response to California’s record drought, it is essential that we continue to seek out new projects and methods that help make water conservation sustainable."

Central Arizona Project's General Manager Ted Cooke called the Innovative Conservation Program “another example of collaborative, proactive measures taken by municipal Colorado River water agencies to address the impacts of the persistent drought throughout the Colorado River Basin.

“It’s an important tool to address long-term imbalances in the system as well as near-term risks of shortage,” Cooke said.  “CAP strongly supports this conservation program, which ultimately benefits the health of the river system.”

More information on the Innovative Conservation Program, including proposal submission instructions and a list of past projects is available at


Monday, March 14, 2016

Contractor Opportunity. District of Columbia. RFP. Full-Scale Family Assistance Center

Please post to the BEMA listserve to share this opportunity with your members.

The District of Columbia (The District), Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) on behalf of the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is seeking a Contractor to provide services to initiate, coordinate, and develop a complete full-scale Family Assistance Center (FAC) Plan for the District of Columbia. 

Your presence has been requested to participate in the Request For Proposal (RFP) listed below.   If you are interested in being invited to the solicitation and would like to register in the Procurement Automated Support System (PASS) please follow the steps below: 

  • Go to website:
  • Go to - Opportunities and support
  • Click - Vendor Registration process
  • Click - Register or log into e Sourcing
  • Click - Register as a new Supplier (Vendor then fills in their information and in 48hrs they will be able to log into their account)

The solicitation RFP can be viewed at

If you have additional questions concerning the solicitation please contact; Willandria Blount, Contract Specialist at 202-671-4491 or

For questions concerning registering in PASS contact the Office of Contracting and Procurement Customer Contact Center at (202)724-4477.  PASS is the District Government’s e-Procurement system that supports the full range of the District procurement of goods and services.

Willandria D. Blount
Contract Specialist
District of Columbia Government
Office Of Contracting and Procurement
Department of Human Services
64 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC  20002
Office:  202-671-4491

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

FEMA on-line course on Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disasters

The DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and Federal Emergency Management Agency have partnered to produce FEMA Independent Study Course-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster (

This free on-line training course provides actionable information and resources for first responders, emergency managers and the general public seeking to increase their religious and cultural literacy and competency as it relates to disasters. This is the only FEMA approved course on the topic is available to be taken via FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

This five-hour course:

·       Explains why we engage religious and cultural communities in disaster, and how religious and cultural diversity and practice is not only protected by law but how it strengthens emergency management’s capabilities.
·       Defines the meaning of religious and cultural literacy and competency in disaster management.
·       Describes how religious and cultural language differs from government culture and language.
·       Identifies the skills needed to competently engage religious and cultural leaders and groups in the field.

Describes each step in the six step “LEADER” process.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Global Health Security. Situation Awareness. U.S. Drug Supply.

As Spring and Summer approaches SA (situation awareness) on U.S., and worldwide drug supply should be monitored for future outbreaks for the upcoming seasons by all EM professionals in the health & human services, and public health sectors.

Counterfeit drug use in all jurisdictions should also be of major concern with immediate detection and prosecution.  No fines, prosecution and incarceration internationally.


A drug receives Resolved status when the Drug Shortages Staff (DSS) determines that the market is covered, based on information from all manufacturers. The market is considered covered when supply is available from at least one manufacturer to cover total market demand. However, some manufacturers may not have all presentations available. DSS monitors the supply of products with Resolved status. For the most current supply information, contact the manufacturers.
Examples from DSS….
Generic Name or Active Ingredient
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage
Currently in Shortage

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