APHA Applauds Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019

A focus on prevention can save lives Washington, D.C., April 16, 2019 – The American Public Health Association applauds Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., for introducing the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. This legislation is a major step to address tobacco use, the …

Delaware Day 2019

DHSA’s 2019 Healthcare Job Fair

Calling all residents, DIMER students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants!  Join the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance and Delaware’s health systems for a networking and recruiting event! 

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet physician recruiters and physicians representing health care organizations in Delaware, and to learn about career opportunities now and starting after graduation in 2020

WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Del-Once Conference Center, Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus

The event is open to:

  • Licensed Physicians
  • Medical Residents and Fellows in Delaware (any specialty)
  • DIMER and Delaware Branch Campus medical students
  • Physician Assistants (licensed and student)
  • Nurse Practitioners (licensed and student)

Sponsor:

Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

Participating Institutions:

  • Alfred I. duPont / Nemours Hospital for Children
  • Bayhealth Medical Center
  • Beebe Healthcare
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Nanticoke Health Services
  • St. Francis Healthcare

The event is free, but please register here!

If you cant make it to the event, please send your CV and cover letter to ksmith@delamed.org for distribution to all recruiters.

Delaware Mini Medical School Podcast on WDEL

Dr. Omar Khan, President of the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association was interviewed by WDEL regarding the 10th Anniversary of the Delaware Mini Medical School series. Mini Medical School is a collaboration of the Christiana Care Health System and the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware …

Lecture Series @ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spring 2019

 

 

 

 

Spring 2019 Semester begins Tuesday, February 12th!
Class time: 9:00 – 10:15 am
Register Online: http://www.olli.udel.edu/wilmington/registration/

February 12, 2019
Obstructive Sleep Apnea:  Contemporary Surgical Management
Dan Meara, MD, DMD

February 19, 2019
Exercise and Aging
Taylor Alger, PT

February 26, 2019
Trauma – Case Presentations and a Focus on Falls
Sandra Medinilla, MD, MPH

March 5, 2019
Early Language Acquisition and Cognitive Development
Giovanna Morini, Ph.D.

March 12, 2019
Addiction is a Disease of the Brain
Vishesh Agarwal, MD

March 19, 2019
Nanomedicine and Gene Regulation
Emily Day, Ph.D.

March 26, 2019
Kidney 101
John Swanson, MD

April 2, 2019
SPRING BREAK

April 9, 2019
Polypharmacy and its Management
Amanda Schartel, PharmD and Sean Thomas, PharmD

April 16, 2019
Scope of Practice for Physician Assistants, and a focus on Atrial Fibrillation and its Treatment
Ed Woodford, PA

April 23, 2019
View from the Cabinet Secretary’s Office – Healthcare in Delaware
Kara Odom-Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

April 30, 2019
In Vitro Blood Brain Barrier for cutting edge research and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s)
John Ruano-Salguero, BS

May 7, 2019
Data Privacy and Your Health Information
Ryan Keating, JD

May 14, 2019
Delaware Healthcare Commission Roles and Responsibilities
Elisabeth Scheneman, MA

Surgeon General’s Message on the Current Measles Outbreaks

Dear Partners,

The Nation’s Doctor would like to share a very important message with you about the current measles outbreaks occurring throughout our country.

Measles is a highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left.  And what is even more worrisome is that an infected person can spread measles to others even before the infected person develops symptoms—from four days before they develop the measles rash through four days afterwards.

The good news is that measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

The MMR vaccine has an excellent safety record and is highly effective. It is one of the most effective vaccines we have in our country.

Surgeon General Adams hopes you will share his message with your networks. It’s up to us to protect the health of our communities.

For more information, please visit CDC.gov

Office of the Surgeon General

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 7, 2019

89th Annual Meeting, Keynote Address and Awards Ceremony

The Keynote Address will be delivered by David L. Heymann, MD DTM&H CBE. Dr. Heymann will discuss his career in global health and combating infectious disease. He will focus on the last remaining outposts of polio, and the importance of global polio eradication.

Dr. Heymann is Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at the UK’s Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House), and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He has served in senior positions in the US CDC and the World Health Organization, including as WHO Assistant Director-General, and as Representative of the Director-General for polio eradication. Dr. Heymann has worked on infectious diseases worldwide, including in the smallpox eradication campaign (India); the Ebola outbreak in then-Zaire in 1976; Legionnaire’s disease (Philadelphia); and leading the global response to SARS.

He received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009; is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences; holds 3 honorary doctorates; and has received the highest awards from the American Public Health Association and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He is Editor in Chief of the APHA’s Control of Communicable Disease Manual, the most widely used infectious disease text in the world.

We hope you will join us! Register online

Omar Khan MD MHS FAAFP, President

Timothy Gibbs, MPH, Executive Director

in memoriam – LTG William Herbert Duncan, MD (DE NG Ret.)

 LTG WILLIAM H. DUNCAN. M.D.

18 February 1930 – 19 December 2018

Authored by Joseph Kestner MD; Past-President (2006-2008) and current Board member, Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association

Bill was a native Delawarean hailing from New Castle.  He attended the William Penn High School and graduated from the PS DuPont High School in Wilmington.  After a year at the University of Delaware he entered the U.S. Military Academy by means of a competitive appointment as the son of a deceased veteran of WW II.  Following graduation from West Point in 1952 and some training which included jump school he was sent to Korea as an infantry lieutenant.  At the completion of his military obligation he entered Temple University Medical School graduating in 1959.  An internship at the Delaware Hospital followed.  Bill then opened a family medicine practice at Foulk and Silverside Roads in North Wilmington.  Shortly thereafter Bill was appointed the part time supervisor of the Delaware Hospital ER.  Following the merger of the Delaware, Memorial and Wilmington General Hospitals, Bill became the director of ambulatory and emergency services of the Wilmington Medical Center, a full time position.  In 1975 Bill was appointed vice president for medical affairs at St. Francis Hospital

This is when I first met Bill.   He and I interacted on the credentials committee where applications to join the medical staff were reviewed and evaluated.  On occasion there was controversy.  Bill always valued the perspective of the committee members. Bill was also a source of advice on dealing with hospital administrators.  If there was an adverse event or unexpected death (prior to review committees) Bill would be on the phone wanting to know the details.  As an examiner for the FAA and air traffic controllers he would follow up on patients he referred.  We worked together on nominating committees where he was transparent and open to advice and suggestions.  Bill retired from St. Francis in 1993.

All during this time Bill was active in the PA and later the DE National Guard eventually as commanding officer of the 116th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army) and later as commander of the 261st Signal Command.  During his military career Bill served in three branches of the army:  Infantry, Medical Corps and Signal Corps.  He retired from the National Guard in 1987 receiving many recognitions and awards.  Bill was appointed a charter member of the Army Historical Foundation.  His lifelong interest in the military also continued with the Delaware National Guard Heritage Committee and the Delaware Military Museum.

Bill was the 19th president of the Delaware Academy of Medicine in 1976 and 77.  He was chairman of the planning committee for the Academy’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1980.  This three day event included cultural, educational and social activities.  Some notable speakers included Isaac Asimov, Ph.D., Eli Ginsberg, Ph.D., and Edmond Pelligrino, M.D.  Bill believed his most significant accomplishment while president of the Academy was to stabilize a precarious financial situation.

Bill was an author.  His Founders of the Medical Society of Delaware, was published in 2017.  He was working on a biography of James Tilton, M.D., a founder of the Medical Society of Delaware and its 1st president at the time of his death.  He documented the service of Delaware Physician Veterans of WW II (1994) and the Korean War (2000) in the Delaware Medical Journal.  His most recent effort, the Contemporary Veterans Project published in the Delaware Medical Journal in Nov-Dec 2018 was to recognize the service of those Delaware Physician Veterans post Korean War.  This is where Bill and I reconnected.  It was my honor to assist Bill in completing this project and identifying every possible Delaware physician veteran post Korean War.  This collaboration was interesting, rewarding and fun – all because of Bill Duncan.

Bill was a leader.  He was open, transparent, articulate and he listened.  He had a vision of what was to be accomplished.  He led infantry units, medical services, the St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff, Temple University Alumni, a U.S. Army Mobile Surgical Hospital and Signal Battalion, the Medical Society of Delaware and the Delaware Academy of Medicine.  One thing to recognize is whatever Bill did – he did well.

He would on occasion speak of his Dad, a soldier and veteran of WW I and WW II who died when Bill was quite young.  I can just imagine what Bill’s Dad might say if he was here today, “Well done, son.  Mission accomplished.”

Ted Kestner, M.D.

To see an interview of Bill Duncan, MD, taped in 2012, click here

Flu Season

2018-2019 Flu Season

Check out the Division of Public Health’s Bulletin – Special Flu Edition to learn more about the flu.

Numerous flu clinics are scheduled across Delaware.  To find them:

Department of Public Health Flu Clinics

New Castle County

  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Hudson State Service Center | 501 Ogletown Road, Newark
  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Porter State Service Center | 509 W. 8th Street, Wilmington

Kent County

  • Monday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) & Wednesday (9:00 am – 11:00 am) | Milford State Service Center | 253 NE Front Street, Milford (By Appointment Only)
  • Monday to Thursday | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm | Williams State Service Center | 805 River Road, Dover (By Appointment Only)

Sussex County

  • Monday – Friday| 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Shipley State Service Center | 350 Virginia Avenue, Seaford
  • Thursdays | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Adams State Service Center | 544 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Building Local Response Capacity to Protect Families from Emerging Health Threats

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
1:00 pm ET
Watch in person (Global Communications Center, Building 19), or live via webcast.

From the Zika outbreak to natural disasters to the recent wildfires, the US has faced a series of complex public health emergencies. Each of these public health crises revealed a critical need for US public health and health care systems at the national, state, and more specifically the local levels to prepare for and rapidly respond to the unique needs of families. 

Learn More

APHA Call for Abstracts

Present on Behalf of DPHA at the APHA Annual Meeting (Scientific Sessions, Posters) Public Health 3.0 builds on the past successes and provides a new focus where public health is no longer defined solely by the public health department and its traditional programs. The APHA Council of Affiliates (CoA) is …

Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long invites you to join the celebration as the state of Delaware kicks off the Lt. Governor’s Challenge — an ongoing opportunity for Delawareans to embrace healthier living, inspire their peers and be recognized for their achievements. More than a recognition program for health and wellness initiatives, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to drive change and to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity among communities in our state!

The Kickoff Celebration is a free public event, open to all individuals and groups in Delaware that are passionate about improving physical and emotional health through individual and communal activities.

When: Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: DE TURF Sports Complex | 4000 Bay Road | Frederica, DE 19946
Find the flyer here!

Kickoff Highlights

  • Remarks by the Lt. Governor!
  • Official reveal of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge vision and platform!
  • Preview of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge nomination and resource website!
  • Networking with state leaders in health and well-being!

Please RSVP by October 23 to info@ltgovernorschallenge.org