Members Present: John Balog, Manuela Quezada-Aragon, Angela Arvizo,
Nancy Baptiste, Lorin Gobble, Mary Jaspers, Larry Olsen,
Stephanie Roybal, Mike O’Larey, Hugo Vilchis, Lori McKee,
New Members: Anne Hubbell (replacing
Wanda Eastman who replaced Larry Creider)
Members Absent: Carmen Gonzales, Katrina
Doolittle, Jose Gamon, Michael Abernethy, Darrell Smith, Teresa Brobeck,
Maureen Howard, Stephen Lopez, Teresa Burgin, Leigh DeRoos, Angela
Throneberry, Joe Palmer, David Pearce, Karl Hill,
Esperanza Villanueva Joyce, Larry Olsen, Teresa Brobeck, Benjamin Diven, Ruben
Torrez, Julie Weber, Jeff Witte
meeting began at 3:00 PM.
- J. Balog
summarized proceedings of the Prepared Community Phase III training session
held at Branigan Library on November 19, 2007. (Phases I
& II occurred in 2005 & 2006.) The following counties
were represented at the training; Luna, Hidalgo, Otero, and Sierra. There were 5 modules presented; targeted populations,
pandemic flu preparation as all hazards preparation, on-line and hard copy
tools, and the 5th module was a discussion based on a contrived
disaster scenario. He said it was apparent from the
discussions throughout the day that Dona Ana and NMSU planning efforts are
well ahead of Luna, Otero, Hidalgo and Sierra counties.
T. Townsend stated that Dona Ana county does not have a stockpile of N-95
respirators. J. Balog handed off the training materials
(course manual and CD copy of the presentation) to L. McKee for evaluation
of content for applicability to our planning.
Anne Hubbell was introduced as the Faculty
- Work Group
update; L. McKee stated that Finance Work group has received cost estimates
on disposable PPE from one or two units since the October meeting.
She also asked for confirmation that the cost of facial
tissues, alcohol hand sanitizer, and spray disinfect is deemed an eligible
office expense under NMSU business policy. L. Gobble
will check to determine if that change was effected.
Previous business representative had assured L. McKee this change would be
instituted. L. McKee asked for a memo or similar written
documentation that these items are indeed eligible expenses.
- L. McKee noted
that the Health Centers have received influenza vaccine.
There is a $20.00 fee for vaccinations at NMSU but Presbyterian Healthcare
is offering free flu vaccinations to NMSU faculty & staff and their
dependents 18 yrs and older from 11AM – 3PM on Tuesday December 18 in the
Corbett Center Otero Room.
- L. McKee and
others commented on the emergence of MRSA, an cluster of severe respiratory
infections caused by adenovirus, and new concerns about the efficacy of
vaccines that may have been compromised due improper storage conditions. This amplified the notion that capabilities developed in
effective pandemic flu planning will be useful in responding to a broad
spectrum of disease related emergencies.
- L. McKee is
reviewing medication and vaccine ordering, she said manufacturer costs are
volatile and market driven and this is reflected in Health Center fees
charged at NMSU, i.e., when the government orders 100,000 or 200,000 doses
of a particular product the product becomes less available and more
expensive for the greater public.
- L. McKee and
R.Yoder mentioned the possibility that the travel voucher may be
incorporated into the Banner system thereby helping identify and track
travelers to regions that may be experiencing or have recently experienced
an infectious disease outbreak.
- R. Yoder stated
that HR is working on policies that will impact communicable disease
planning and that job descriptions will be reviewed by the hiring
authorities for each respective NMSU operating unit.
- The following
comments were made on a wide range of planning topics.
- H. Vilchis
stated that NMDOH has obtained sufficient funds from the federal
government to pay for consumables, probably enough for the entire state,
but we should also keep in touch with the greater state government as
- He also stated
that the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has donated $50 million for
influenza vaccine improvement (production, stability, production
capability) for developing nations.
- He volunteered
to assist in developing on-line training materials and will provide his 30
minute module on communicable disease response.
- A. Hubbell
suggested that faculty involvement is best obtained through the respective
Dean’s offices. Currently, she feels Academic
Department Heads have a reactive posture and would prefer to do more
McKee stated that she is in routine contact with the Dona Ana planning
apparatus, and that SHC is a local repository for medications distributed
by the CDC.
- She told the
group to keep in mind that the main goal of our planning is to make the
campus safe for faculty, students, staff and visitors.
- She asked that
the Working Groups meet early in 2008 and redouble their efforts in
support of the overall planning process. She asked
that the Work Groups and the members be listed.
Planning; (L. McKee, A. Throneberry, S. Grotevant)
identify funding sources
both internal and external
Group; (A. Diaz, G. DeNochochea, M. Jaspers, A. Arvizo) social distancing, and travel restrictions.
(M. Abernethy, L. DeRoos, D. Shearer) identify consumables and other necessary commodities.
Awareness; (T. Bergin, J. Balog, N. Baptiste, J. Weber, K.Doolittle) prepare materials specific to
our target population
The next CDPC meeting will be January 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM in ARC room
The meeting adjourned at 4:05PM.
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