Report – National Security: Long-Range Emerging Threats Facing the United States As Identified by Federal Agencies

Report – National Security: Long-Range Emerging Threats Facing the United States As Identified by Federal Agencies

Source:U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Date Published: 12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 27-page report focuses on long-range emerging threats—those that may occur in approximately five or more years, or those that may occur during an unknown timeframe—as identified by various respondents at the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The study developed four broad categories for 26 long-range emerging threats that officials identified: Adversaries’ Political and Military Advancements, Dual-Use Technologies, Weapons, and Events and Demographic Changes.

URL:https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-204SP

Guidance – Health of Refugee and Migrant Children: Technical Guidance Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Health of Refugee and Migrant Children: Technical Guidance

Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Date Published: 12/18/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 44-page document, part of a technical guidance series produced with the European Commission on the health of refugees and migrants, presents policy considerations for promoting refugee and migrant children’s health and well-being, and particularly their mental health. It includes an intersectoral approach that targets risk factors at the individual, family, and community levels. It emphasizes the important role of national/local governments in fostering or hindering equitable living conditions for refugee and migrant children in the areas of housing, healthcare services, and education.

URL:http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/migration-and-health/publications/2018/health-of-refugee-and-migrant-children-2018

Report – Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety

Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety

Source:U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Date Published: 12/18/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 180-page report from the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services’ Federal Commission on School Safety makes recommendations that address multiple aspects of school safety. The commission was created in March 2018 to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. Its work is detailed in categories of prevent, protect and mitigate, and respond and recover.

URL:https://www2.ed.gov/documents/school-safety/school-safety-report.pdf

Guidance – Mental Health Promotion and Mental Health Care in Refugees and Migrants: Technical Guidance

Mental Health Promotion and Mental Health Care in Refugees and Migrants: Technical Guidance

Source:World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Date Published: 12/18/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 40-page document, part of a technical guidance series produced with the European Commission on the health of refugees and migrants, reviews the prevalence of some disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive and anxiety disorders in the context of migration. Based on the best available evidence regarding risk factors and areas for intervention, it identifies eight priority action areas for consideration by policymakers regarding the mental health of refugees and migrants. 

URL:http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-determinants/migration-and-health/publications/2018/mental-health-promotion-and-mental-health-care-in-refugees-and-migrants-2018

Transcript – Summary of ACL (Administration for Community Living) Stakeholder Discussion: Opioid Public Health Emergency

Summary of ACL (Administration for Community Living) Stakeholder Discussion: Opioid Public Health Emergency

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Date Published: 3/7/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This seven-page document summarizes a conference call that described the Administration for Community Living’s issue brief on the opioid public health emergency as part of a series of issue briefs that promote independent living in the community for older adults and people with disabilities. A table details the discussion themes, which included dual diagnosis, prevalence of opioid use, treatment strategies, and unintended consequences.

URL:https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/OpioidStakeholderMeetingSummary-2018_0.pdf

Webinar – Roles and Responsibilities of Government: Addressing the Health and Wellbeing of People with Disabilities in Disasters

Roles and Responsibilities of Government: Addressing the Health and Wellbeing of People with Disabilities in Disasters

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Date Published: 11/15/2018

Format: Video or Multimedia

Annotation: This one-hour, 16-minute webinar defines and explains federal, state, and local roles and responsibilities in disasters and public health emergencies, and provides a summary of guidance and frameworks used at all levels for planning and coordination. It highlights best practices and examples of effective coordination with community-based organizations to address the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities in disasters.

URL:https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/5917139867452596492

Guidance on Reception Conditions for Unaccompanied Children: Operational Standards and Indicators

Guidance on Reception Conditions for Unaccompanied Children: Operational Standards and Indicators

Source:European Union, European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

Date Published: 12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 82-page document was developed to support Member States in the implementation of key provisions of the Reception Conditions Directive, ensuring an adequate standard of living for unaccompanied children and taking into account their special reception needs. It describes the reception conditions of unaccompanied children as a particular vulnerable group, with chapters addressing their special needs, healthcare, and education.

URL:https://www.easo.europa.eu/news-events/new-easo-guidance-reception-conditions-unaccompanied-children

Webinar – Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Public Health Impacts

Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Public Health Impacts

Source:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Network for Public Health Law

Date Published: 5/15/2018

Format: Video or Multimedia

Annotation: This one-hour, 16-minute webinar discusses the ongoing public health impacts of the water crisis in the Flint community. Speakers explore the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis, including public health, safe drinking water, and emergency manager laws; review recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation; and detail a community-level response to the crisis.

URL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBEOq-Ft5Ps

Report – Health Resources and Services Administration Has Controls and Strategies to Mitigate Hurricane Preparedness and Response Risk

Health Resources and Services Administration Has Controls and Strategies to Mitigate Hurricane Preparedness and Response Risk

Source:Office of Inspector General [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS OIG)

Date Published: 12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 16-page report was undertaken to identify the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s potential risks for preparing for and responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters, and to determine whether HRSA has designed and implemented controls and strategies to mitigate these potential risks. Within the four risk areas related to HRSA’s hurricane preparedness and response activities, the report identifies 13 sub-risk areas, and rated 12 as low risk and one as moderate risk.

URL:https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region4/41802015.asp

Report – Disasters and Displacement in a Changing Climate: The Role of Asia Pacific National Societies

Disasters and Displacement in a Changing Climate: The Role of Asia Pacific National Societies

Source:International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Date Published: 12/12/2018

Format: PDF

Annotation: This 56-page report confirms that migration and displacement linked to the adverse effects of climate change will be one of the defining humanitarian challenges of the 21st century. It is designed to enhance the collective understanding of Asia Pacific National Societies, governments across the region and other key stakeholders such as the United Nations system, NGOs, and civil society organizations, on the trends, dynamics, and humanitarian needs of people on the move in the context of disasters and climate change.

URL:https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/document/2018-ifrc-climate-change-disasters-displacement-report/