Public Health Practices Newsletter

Public Health Practices publishes two newsletters on a monthly basis. UPDATE features descriptions of 5 to 6 practices on a current theme, links to recently published practices, related resources, and project updates. BRIEF provides a short list of links to often-hard-to-find resources on a single topic.

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Apr 23, 2014

ISSUE: Laboratory, surveillance, and epidemiologic practices

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that show how public health agencies have increased surveillance for infectious agents, collaborated with schools and hospitals to monitor outbreaks, and used data to enhance decision-making.
Apr 09, 2014

ISSUE: Healthcare and community coalitions

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that help public health agencies build coalitions with healthcare systems and community-based agencies. Examples showcase networks to care for at-risk populations, increase healthcare access, address emergency surge, and communicate quickly across sectors.
Mar 19, 2014

ISSUE: Healthcare toolkits

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that promote relationships between public health agencies and healthcare systems. The tools featured below focus on training healthcare volunteers, providing disaster medical care, and integrating pharmacies into preparedness and response.
Mar 05, 2014

ISSUE: Emergency shelters

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that show how agencies have established disaster shelters, addressed safety concerns, and devised ways of communicating with people who have functional needs or may be hesitant to use government services. Also, we'd like to extend a warm thank you to those of you who took the time to complete our brief assessment survey! We look forward to reviewing the responses and making PHP a better fit for your needs.
Feb 19, 2014

ISSUE: The public health preparedness capabilities

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that integrate elements of CDC's 15 Public Health Preparedness Capabilities. We've selected practices that represent up-to-date and innovative activities - from medical surge to volunteer management - so we hope both our US and international readers will find something useful and interesting.
Feb 05, 2014

ISSUE: Radiological emergencies

In this issue of PHP Update, we're showcasing practices that address aspects of radiological emergencies, from establishing a community reception center to screening and decontaminating affected people. We'd also like to remind you that our short survey on how PHP can meet your needs in the coming year is open until February 28. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Jan 22, 2014

ISSUE: Public health partnerships with first responders

In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that show how public health agencies have partnered with fire departments, paramedics, and other first responders to communicate emergency information, provide services, and make quick decisions. This area of preparedness is captured in the Emergency Medical Services subdomain of the National Health Security Preparedness Index. If you enjoy receiving these newsletters or if there are other topics you'd like to see covered, please take a few minutes to answer some questions about your experience with PHP.
Jan 08, 2014

ISSUE: Public health partnerships with K-12 schools

Happy New Year! In 2014, we'll be highlighting practices that address many of the areas measured in the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), which was launched in December. In this issue of PHP Update, we’re focusing on collaborations with K-12 schools, an area of preparedness captured in 4 of the measures identified in the Cross-Sector/Community Collaboration subdomain.
Dec 18, 2013

ISSUE: Information-sharing tools

From decision-making and training structures to communication tools, this issue of PHP Brief showcases a variety of ways health agencies prepare for and respond to emergencies with information-sharing tools.
Dec 04, 2013

ISSUE: Winter weather preparedness

From carbon monoxide awareness among new immigrants to transportation challenges to preparing for the Olympic Games, practices in this issue cover a wide range of winter preparedness topics.
Nov 20, 2013

ISSUE: Practices from each HHS geographic region

From tsunamis to hurricanes to administrative issues, practices from each of the HHS regions illustrate the geographic diversity in public health preparedness and response.
Nov 12, 2013

ISSUE: Behavioral/emotional health and resilience

Practices featured in this issue include tools to help prepare for and respond to the psychological impact of disasters.
Oct 23, 2013

TOPIC: Tools for Flu Vaccine Clinics

Practices in this issue feature creative approaches to screening and registering people for mass clinics, training helpers, working with schools, and distributing vaccine to priority groups.
Oct 09, 2013

ISSUE: Partnerships that cross state and national boundaries

Practices featured in this issue reflect strategies, tools, and collaborations developed between health agencies working across state and international borders.
Sep 25, 2013

ISSUE: Exercises and tabletops

A look at how health agencies work with healthcare systems, schools, businesses, and other partners to exercise their responses, roles, and quick thinking in preparation for a disaster.