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National ALS Biorepository informational flyer.

The Need:
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. A biorepository would provide approved researchers with biological specimens from geographically dispersed confirmed ALS cases with a goal of propelling ALS research and eventually finding a cure. ATSDR initially contracted with McKing to conduct a pilot study to determine the feasibility of creating a National ALS Biorepository; McKing conducted the pilot study and developed a protocol with input from an expert panel. Following the conclusion of the pilot study, McKing was awarded the contract to implement the Biorepository as a component of the National ALS Registry. In addition to specimen collection, storage and distribution; McKing is also responsible for strategic marketing of the Biorepository to researchers, promoting the Biorepository through partnerships, audience outreach, materials dissemination, conference exhibits, and more.

Results:
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. For the postmortem component, 64 participants enrolled, and we have completed 50 collections.

Screenshot from Zika Care Connect homepage.The Need:
CDC sought support to improve clinical management of Zika virus infection during pregnancy and to improve access to appropriate health services—including appropriate diagnostic testing, specialized clinical care, and early intervention and developmental services—to potentially lessen the overall impact of Zika virus infection in pregnancy and improve long-term outcomes for Zika-affected children.

Results:
McKing built a healthcare professional network that included more than 1,300 healthcare professionals at 940 practice locations across the United States and US territories. The healthcare professional network was accessible through the Zika Care Connect website and HelpLine. The website included educational and informational materials; experiential approaches; interactive content; frequently asked questions; and links to resources from CDC, state and local health departments, and partner organizations. The website was available in both English and Spanish. The HelpLine was accessible both by email and by a toll-free phone line staffed during business hours and available in English and Spanish. From its launch in 2017 through December 31, 2018, a total of 17,709 unique users visited the ZCC website, and the HelpLine fielded 394 incoming communications.

McKing designed and conducted an evaluation to determine ZCC’s impact on improving access to specialized medical services for pregnant women and infants affected by Zika. The evaluation concluded that, based on the success of the ZCC program and its ability to meet program objectives, a similar framework could be used in the future to successfully establish a network of providers across a large geographic area and multiple specialties.

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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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