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National ALS Biorepository informational flyer.The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) needed assistance with establishing a biorepository of specimens from persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) enrolled in the National ALS Registry. McKing conducted a pilot study to determine the feasibility of creating a National ALS Biorepository and developed a protocol with input from an expert panel. Following the conclusion of the pilot study, McKing implemented the Biorepository as a component of the National ALS Registry.

We recruit and enroll Biorepository participants across the United States to provide blood, urine, and/or saliva samples, and/or postmortem tissue donation. In addition to specimen collection, McKing promotes the availability of samples for ALS research to scientists, assists ATSDR with the review of researchers’ sample requests, and distributes samples to approved researchers.

After seven years in operation, over 1,400 participants have provided blood, urine, or saliva donation, and more than 13,000 samples have been distributed to researchers for analysis. We collect 200–250 blood samples and 25–50 saliva samples per year. For the postmortem component, 64 participants enrolled, and we have completed 48 collections. McKing continues to contact the participants or their families on a quarterly basis to monitor the progress of the disease.

Screenshot from Zika Care Connect homepage.The Need:

Clinical management of Zika virus infection during pregnancy and the provision of specialized medical care for infants exposed to Zika virus infection in uteri can be complicated and necessitates specialized health services. Improved access to appropriate health services – including appropriate diagnostic testing, specialized clinical care, and early intervention and developmental services – may potentially lessen the overall impact of Zika virus infection in pregnancy and improve long-term outcomes for Zika-affected children.

How We Helped:

In collaboration with the March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, McKing designed and implemented a multi-component program, Zika Care Connect (ZCC), to address barriers to accessing specialized care for pregnant women with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus and infants with Congenital Zika Syndrome. The program includes a network of specialized healthcare professionals that are qualified and willing to treat patients with suspected or known Zika virus. This network includes healthcare professionals who are maternal fetal medicine specialists, mental health professionals, neurologists, ophthalmologists, developmental pediatricians, endocrinologists, infectious disease specialists, radiologists, and care coordinators. ZCC is partnering with the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS) program to provide access to audiology services across the U.S. The program has been established in 18 states (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington) and two territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).

McKing is using a multi-faceted strategy to build the healthcare professional network by engaging medical professional associations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to disseminate information to their members to both encourage enrollment in the network and to educate them on ZCC resources for healthcare professionals. McKing is working with state, territory, and local health departments to determine which areas are in most need, developing targeted strategies for enrolling healthcare professionals in that state and leveraging existing Zika response efforts and networks to support the enrollment of healthcare professionals into ZCC. McKing is also conducting direct outreach to academic health systems, children’s hospitals, and other medical practices to request participation in ZCC.

Results:

As of November 2017, McKing has built a healthcare professional network that includes 609 practice locations across 18 states and two territories. Enrollment of healthcare professionals continues in order to broaden access to care. The healthcare professional network is accessible through a website and HelpLine. The website contains both educational materials and experiential approaches. Interactive content such as search capability to identify local members of the healthcare professional network are located on the website. Other components include informational materials, frequently asked questions and links to CDC, state and local health department, and partner organization resources. The website is available in both English and Spanish. The HelpLine is accessible by email and a toll-free phone line that is staffed during business hours and available in English and Spanish. In its first six months, April-November 2017, the website received over 7,000 visitors.

McKing is in the process of designing a program evaluation to determine the impact that Zika Care Connect has on improving access to specialized medical services for pregnant women and infants affected by Zika.

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International COVID-19 response support in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Angola, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic

McKing staff and consultants are supporting the response to COVID-19 around the world through international surveillance activities, training of health care staff and providers at multiple levels, spreading awareness, and improving emergency preparedness.

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Dashboard development and support

McKing staff are supporting the development of internal CDC dashboards via CDC’s PHOENIX platform. Two dashboards use USAFacts to share up-to-date, processed data for internal CDC Emergency Operations Center partners. In addition, the Mobility Data Index Dashboard helps evaluate the impact of social distancing measures and identify areas with continued social gathering and/or increased COVID-19 risk.

McKing also provides subject matter expertise and testing support for the development of Coronavirus Interactive, an external interactive dashboard website that displays a variety of important and timely COVID-19 data.

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COVID-19 internal hub

Using tools available via the ArcGIS Portal, McKing staff are configuring a custom internal COVID-19 site that will serve as the hub for all internal response efforts. The site is being built using all datasets, feature services, maps, apps, and dashboards currently in development.

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Targeted communications campaign

Despite shelter-in-place policies across the United States, we are still seeing the virus spread in some communities. Using data from dashboards (specifically the Mobility Data Index Dashboard), McKing team members are piloting a public health communications campaign targeting those with higher than average or increasing mobility.

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Media requests

The Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP) continues to receive media requests concerning the utility of tools available for COVID-19 response efforts. A McKing team member serves as GRASP’s point of contact for all COVID-19 related media requests, including supporting requests from USA Today, Times Tribune PA, Wall Street Journal, and CalMatters.

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Case data and trend analysis

McKing team members collect and analyze daily updates from Georgia Department of Public Health to share internally with GRASP, as well as creating a comprehensive data visualization of Georgia’s archived data and trend analysis.

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Continuing programmatic work

While shifting gears to focus on the evolving needs of the COVID-19 response, the McKing team continues to support existing programmatic work. The fulfilment of regular tasks is critical during this activation to ensure that programs are able to quickly and efficiently resume normal operations when needed.

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