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McMaster University

What is outbreakhelp?

OUTBREAKHELP is an easily searchable, online platform for sharing information and resources gathered from around the world on Ebola prevention, management and control. It also promotes discussion among health and allied professionals to facilitate the active exchange of that knowledge. Extensive searches have been conducted to identify published and grey literature, as well as other resources available on the Internet. The content has been organized to support easy searching of the site. Knowledge sharing activities include discussion forums, webinars, email newsletters, Twitter and Facebook, as well as an Ask the Experts service where questions posed online will be answered by infectious disease experts within 24 hours. OUTBREAKHELP is a one-stop shop for accessing everything you need to know to stay informed about Ebola prevention, management and control.

Who is it for?

OUTBREAKHELP is relevant for health and allied professionals who may come in contact with persons infected with Ebola. This includes health care professionals in acute care and other health care settings, as well as service providers located in a variety of community settings, such as first responders (e.g., police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians), social workers, dental care workers, waste management workers and mortuary workers.

Who contributed to the development of OUTBREAKHELP?

OUTBREAKHELP was developed through collaboration among three departments in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University: the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Division of e-Learning Innovation. This collaboration brought together excellence and expertise in knowledge translation, infectious disease prevention, management and control, and web platform design and e-learning innovation and excellence.

NCCMT is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in knowledge translation and evidence-informed decision making. The NCCMT is located within the School of Nursing at McMaster University, and is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Under the direction of Maureen Dobbins, Scientific Director and Professor (RN, PhD), the NCCMT has implemented innovative and effective strategies to support public health organizations and professionals in Canada to integrate the best available research evidence into public health policy and practice.

The Division of Infectious Diseases is an academic division within the Department of Medicine. It is comprised of faculty members with clinical, educational and research expertise, including nationally and internationally recognized members. Dr. Mark Loeb (MD, MSc, FRCPC) is the Division Director for Infectious Diseases and a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University, where he holds the Michael G DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Loeb is an infectious diseases physician and medical microbiologist who also has extensive experience in infection control and hospital epidemiology. He has received funding from WHO, CIHR and NIH for projects in low and middle income countries, and has served on numerous international, national and provincial advisory committees for infectious diseases.

The Division of e-Learning Innovation is an educational research and development group in the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and is under the direction of Dr. Anthony J. Levinson, MD, MSc, FRCPC. Dr. Levinson holds the John R. Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development, and has extensive expertise in instructional design, problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine, multimedia development and computer-based learning technologies to deliver health education to medical students, clinicians and the public.

Dr Maureen Dobbins

Dr. Maureen Dobbins


Scientific Director, NCCMT and Health Evidence; Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University

Dr. Mark Loeb

Dr. Mark Loeb


Division Director, Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases; Professor, Molecular Medicine and Pathology, McMaster University

Dr. Anthony J. Levinson

Dr. Anthony J. Levinson


Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation; John R. Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development; Associate Professor, McMaster University


The development of OUTBREAKHELP was informed by a multidisciplinary group of health and allied health professionals who identified important topics and functions of the site. An expert advisory council representing the various target users of the site is being assembled to provide face-to-face and virtual feedback on how to continually add to and improve the site.


OUTBREAKHELP has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.