TravelByte #29: Start Here –ATHNA Syndicated Content


As busy travel health professionals, we at ATHNA understand how overwhelming all the information can be.  One can waste a lot of time perusing what seems to be an infinite number of websites looking for the knowledge you need, time you often simply do not have when you are trying to get through a long schedule of complex and challenging travel patients.

We’re very practical and pragmatic here so we developed a list of key resources with trustworthy, reliable and appropriately evidenced-based content that we regularly use ourselves to share with our members in an efficient manner in a single spot.

To that end, we have a few key items in the Members Only section of our website. These resources are syndicated, meaning that our site is automatically updated with the most current information from germane sites. MORE

I wanted to take a moment to bring your attention to some of these you may not be familiar with to help you provide the very best care to our patients and manage your time. Please be aware that ATHNA – in no way, as per our rigorous standards regarding this sort of thing, benefits from having any of these materials on our website. We just think they are accurate, useful and worthwhile to have them in one location.

First up, for those of you new to travel health, is the CDC Travelers’ Health Feed, an essential resource. This site provides detailed information for both travelers and clinicians. It also includes the latest travel health warnings and recommendations.  CDC has lots of other syndicated content on topics you might find helpful for your own website: flu, sexually transmitted diseases, food outbreaks, etc.  They make it quite easy to get started.

We also opted to included Emerging Infectious Diseases content from the CDC.  This terrific journal allows one to “get into the weeds” of the latest research regarding infectious disease concerns. There’s also free continuing education available for some articles.  Each journal cover includes an intriguing work of art that relates to the theme of every issue, as this one for Zoonotic Disease, as well as an essay describing the relationship. My favorite though, are their concise and informative podcasts – I find them perfect to listen to on a walk.  They often include historical perspectives on infections like influenza or yellow fever. Here are a few of the latest:

Community Interventions for Pregnant Women with Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

The Mother of All Pandemics

Using Genomic Data to Find the Source of Salmonella Enterica Typhimurium

WWI and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Travel-related Threat of Zika Virus Transmission in California

Finally, there’s IAMAT, The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers. IAMAT is a non-profit organization that provides a wealth of high-quality information to travelers and clinicians. It’s free to join for a year but after that they request a donation. Membership includes access to a list of vetted health professionals abroad. I would encourage you to read their informative blogs as they are always quite relevant to practice.  Here’s a couple of recent examples:

True or false? The facts on airplane air, Yellow Fever, insurance, and street food

Chagas Disease: What is it and why should you care? (And remember: ATHNA has a current CE offering on this topic)

In addition to our syndicated content, we also have lots of other great resources on our website.  We hope these with help you to work more productively and save some valuable time. Time you can spend doing the important stuff – I, for one, enjoy a late afternoon cup of Indian tea with my Indian husband – no phones allowed.

“We had a kettle; we let it leak: Our not repairing made it worse. We haven’t had any tea for a week… The bottom is out of the Universe.”

-Rudyard Kipling

Julie Richards, Immediate Past President