ALOHA is on a mission to help people, their organizations, their healthcare institutions, and their communities around the world to address the health impacts of all hazards including climate change. Resilient, health literate, STEAM-educated, and community-minded people can reduce their own contributions to any public health emergency and be part of the solution. Using technology and fun education platforms, the ALOHA partners make learning engaging and accessible worldwide. Together, let’s build resilience and create a healthier future!
The main goal of the ALOHA project is to use existing and new technologies to better educate the public about important issues. These issues include environmental health, global health, sustainability, climate change, green energy, being prepared for disasters, mental wellness, diversity, equity inclusion, and how all of these things can impact our health. This is all part of what’s called an All Hazards, One Health, One Nature framework, which means looking at all the potential dangers, understanding that human health is connected to the health of animals and the environment, and recognizing we are all part of one big nature.
ALOHA has created online education platforms and solutions that teach about these areas. The goal is to use these tools around the world. (This relates to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, which are a list of goals to make the world a better place.)
- We want to use fun, game-like education platforms to make learning about these topics more engaging.
- We plan to use special digital encoding to make their educational content even better.
- We want to work with government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to improve and spread their educational content.
- We aim to provide resources and training to help businesses stay running and people keep their jobs in case of any hazards.
- By educating people about these areas, we hope to reduce risks, increase readiness for disasters, and build resilience.
- We will provide scientific data on how different factors like environment, society, economy, sociology, education, demography, and genetics influence health and health impacts.
In simple terms, this project is about using technology to create fun and engaging ways to teach people about important issues related to health, environment, and society. We also want to prepare people and businesses for potential dangers and provide information on how different aspects of our lives and world affect health.
- The UN says that 60% of people who need to learn about public health and disaster readiness don’t have access to information they can understand. This mostly affects people who are poor, live in 6neglected communities, or are people of color.
- Also, the UN states that 68% of people with disabilities who need this kind of information don’t have access to it in a form they can understand.
- According to US DHS/FEMA, many businesses also lack access to easy-to-understand information about public health and disaster readiness. This is especially true for businesses in neglected, poor, indigenous communities and communities of color.
- In February 2023, AHIMA reported that 95% of the social determinants of health (SDOH) data collected through electronic health records and patient registration systems was incomplete or inaccurate. SDOH are conditions in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
- US HHS says that a major problem with health literacy is that the average person using the internet can’t tell the difference between true scientific health information and false information.
- Recent studies have shown that while 75% of healthcare providers believe climate change is happening and 60% believe it impacts the health of their patients, only 21% feel well prepared to discuss climate change, and just 4% talk about climate change with most of their patients.
- Evidence suggests that 30-40% of people directly affected by disasters will develop a new psychological disorder as a result. However, there often isn’t enough mental health support or psychological first aid available for all survivors.
In simple terms, there’s a big gap in access to understandable health and disaster preparedness information, especially for marginalized communities and businesses. Also, a lot of the health data we collect is incomplete or wrong. Plus, most people can’t tell real health info from false info online. Even though many healthcare providers believe climate change affects health, few are prepared to talk about it with their patients. Lastly, many people develop mental health issues after disasters, but there’s not enough mental health support for everyone affected.
ALOHA Solutions: Pioneering a Healthier Future
ALOHA Solutions is a collective effort of professional associations, education providers, technology companies, and media organizations. Together, we aim to address healthcare illiteracy and promote positive health outcomes by delivering factual information to both the public and healthcare professionals.
ESDOH+G Big Data Project
Our big data project utilizes Environmental, Social Determinants of Health, and Genetics (ESDoH+G) data from publicly accessible databases. We conduct cluster analysis, correlation, and predictive analysis to provide location-specific ESDoH+G data. This information guides healthcare research, policy, spending, and education, and aids in reducing healthcare inequities.
Health People Apps
We offer white-labeled tools to support individuals, families, community organizations, businesses, stakeholders, and policymakers. By identifying socioecological factors that affect health, our Force for Health® Program encourages healthier living and promotes service learning and community engagement.
Democratization of Healthcare Information and Education
To combat misinformation and healthcare illiteracy, we’re gamifying public health, personal wellness, mental wellness, and disaster readiness education.
Clinical Decision Support for Austere and Extreme Environments
In collaboration with industry partners, we’re operationalizing the High Alert Institute’s AI-based Decentralized Interglobal Medical Expert System (AI-DIMES) model.
Clinical Decision Support for Climate Change Healthcare and Climate Change Resilience
We’re working on evidence-based clinical decision-making for climate change-related health and mental wellness impacts.
Mental Wellness App
Our planned mental wellness app will match users with relevant support activities and programs, using an inventory-based matching algorithm.
Disaster Planning Software Suite
We’re updating and integrating select government software resources for disaster planning and business continuity planning, especially for small businesses and underserved communities.
Join us in our mission to promote a healthier future for all.
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Part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has been leading homeland security training since 1998. The major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of child-serving professionals, caregivers and young adults, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The EMI provides national leadership in developing and delivering training to ensure that individuals and groups having key emergency management responsibilities possess the requisite skills to effectively perform their jobs.
The High Alert Institute maintains a list of reviewed courses provided by governments, universities and professional organizations. This list is geared towards the non-emergency management person who participates in disaster planning, preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation as part of their job responsibilities.
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Koi need forever homes, too! For pond enthusiasts, freshwater exotic and ornamental fish may not be available through pet stores or rescues in their area. The High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program will be happy to assist you in stocking your new pond or adding a new finned friend to your school. Coming soon – when you adopt a Koi from the High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program, we can arrange for delivery to your door anywhere in the continental United States.
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Dumping of freshwater non-native species and exotic aquatic pets into wild habitats is a man-made disaster that is truly preventable. The Institute’s Aquatic Pet Welfare Partnership works to raise awareness and reduce the impact on healthy ecosystems through education, as well as rescue and rehoming. Joined by champions of animal welfare and environmental stewardship, this association of aquatic pet rescue operations and aquatic pet shelters across the United States aims to save our finned friends and preserve our waterways together.
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Disasters are defined as situations in which needs exceed or overwhelm available resources. Some disasters affect an entire community, while other disasters impact individuals and families. Crises of physical or psychological health can be very personal disasters.
The therapeutic value of pets during illness, trauma, and recovery is well established. And Koi fish may be well suited for people who are not able to provide verbal pet commands or physically care for pets like dogs and cats. Koi ponds are also a source of beauty and peace, providing an ideal setting for quiet reflection or meditation.
We are working to partner with pond installers and aquatic pet rescues/shelters to offer free or reduced-cost ponds with rehomed Koi fish to people seeking this type of pet therapy.
Disasters disrupt life and impact our sense of personal, family, and community safety. Survivors and responders alike often are not aware of the emotional, psychological or spiritual challenges that they may face from disaster onset through recovery. With two decades of experience training responders and communities to prepare for the behavioral health aspects of disasters, we will continue to provide education and a curated list of resources to groups or individuals.
Non-medical factors that impact overall health are termed Social Determinants of Health or SDoH. Noise pollution, poor air quality, and poor water quality are three environmental factors known to have a strong link to overall health. And the same environmental factors that impact humans impact their pets and other animals in their care. We continue to assist in advocacy, education, and technology development to mitigate the impact of SDoH on humans and animals alike.
Our efforts in shelter and rescue are the main focus of our environmental stewardship, reducing the environmental impact of non-native aquatic animals being dumped into public waterways. The High Alert Institute also assists innovators with the design, development, and evaluation of green and renewable energy technologies. Reducing the carbon footprint associated with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery furthers our continued mission to mitigate risk and improve resilience.
We partner with public and private organizations, sharing resources and fostering partnerships to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and mitigation.
The High Alert Institute team has over a century of combined research experience in medical, nursing, behavioral health, and disaster sciences. Our team provides support to researchers and technology developers through comprehensive literature searches and reviews, as well as failure mode database searches and adjudicated reviews.
When disaster strikes, most aquatic pet owners have limited options to secure the safety of their pets. Sheltering in place may not be possible if there is no power to provide aeration and “pet-friendly” shelters do not include ponds or aquariums. Our goal is to provide an option for aquatic pet owners in need of rescue and shelter for their finned friends.
Our goal is to share our two decades of disaster readiness experience with animal welfare organizations, shelters, caretakers, and pet owners, as they implement contingency plans for natural and manmade disasters.