Public Health Practices published two newsletters on a monthly basis. UPDATE featured descriptions of 5 to 6 practices on a current theme, links to recently published practices, related resources, and project updates. BRIEF provided a short list of links to often-hard-to-find resources on a single topic.
Public Health Practices Project coming to an endFor the past 7 years, the Public Health Practices (PHP) project at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) has vetted and published more than 400 exemplary preparedness and response practices from health agencies and partners throughout the United States. As with so many of the stakeholders we have served, funding has presented challenges. As of Dec 31, 2014, Public Health Practices will cease operation, which includes our Twitter and Facebook accounts and this newsletter. For excellent preparedness and response content, we encourage our subscribers to visit the Web sites listed here. We thank you for reading Public Health Practices Update and for making your exemplary practices, tools, and resources available to other practitioners and partners. In the spirit of celebrating the Public Health Practices project and the many agencies that have shared extraordinary work, we're using our last newsletter to highlight practices we've published over the course of 2014. Below, you'll find practices that showcase strong biosurveillance systems, community risk assessment projects, multidisciplinary health coalitions, and risk communication tools. It has been an honor to provide this service for you. We wish you all the best in 2015.
In this issue of PHP Update, we explore the many programs and tools developed by public health planners to promote resilience during and after disasters. Highlighted practices show how public health agencies have worked with their communities to increase preparedness education and awareness, build projects that support tribal and local autonomy, and break down barriers to preparedness among hard-to-reach groups.
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight practices that colleges and universities have developed to engage students, administration, and health services in emergency response. Practices describe the ways in which international students planned for residence hall closures, university nurses monitored ill students by phone, and health sciences students became vaccinators and peer educators. Many of these stories and tools can be found in PHP's H1N1 & Higher Ed Lessons Learned report (PDF).
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight practices that help government agencies, healthcare systems, schools, and community organizations remain functional during an emergency. Practices featured below explore ways to continue K-12 educational programs, protect abused and neglected children, keep health centers open, and communicate consistently during a disaster. Speaking of communication, please join CIDRAP for the "Ebola Outbreak: Corporate Preparedness and Risk Assessment" webinar today, October 15, at 12:00 noon Central. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, and Myles Druckman, MD, Senior Vice President and Regional Medical Director, Americas Region for International SOS Assistance, Inc., will discuss employer response to the current Ebola epidemic. A registration fee is required.
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight practices relevant to cross-sector/community collaboration - a sub-domain of the newly released National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI). Practices featured below explore public health's collaborations with community agencies, from developing train-the-trainer programs to creating alternative methods of communicating during emergencies. Please check back in the next few months, as we continue to add more practices to the new NHSPI search function on the Public Health Practices site.
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight some of the ways in which health agencies are planning to distribute antibiotics and antivirals during a public health emergency. The practices described below show how public health has partnered with pharmacies, planned to distribute countermeasures in fast and accessible ways, and developed data-based systems to monitor pharmaceutical supply and demand.
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight additional practices included in our new Field Guide to Public Health Practice: Equity and Access - Distributing Vaccine during H1N1. The practices below describe how state and local agencies worked with schools and parents to vaccinate young children, established kid-friendly vaccination clinics, and brought vaccine to rural and/or underserved communities.
In this issue of PHP Update, we highlight practices included in our new Field Guide to Public Health Practice: Equity and Access - Distributing Vaccine during H1N1. The practices below focus on how health agencies established mass vaccination clinics and allocated short supplies of vaccine during the 2009-10 novel influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. Part 2 of this newsletter later in August will feature practices that show how agencies conducted vaccination outreach to specific groups like schools and rural communities.
In this issue of PHP Update, we feature practices that help public health agencies and healthcare systems make decisions about scarce resources such as oxygen, hospital bed space, personal protective equipment, and pharmaceuticals during an emergency.
In this issue of PHP Update, we're highlighting practices that respond to summer's most pressing emergencies, from mitigating flash floods, heat waves, and tornado outbreaks to helping people prepare for hazards where they live and work.
In this issue of PHP Update, we feature practices that creatively use online spaces to offer distance preparedness training, build interactive tools to streamline response efforts, and use social media to increase situational awareness and provide real-time communication during an emergency.
In this issue of PHP Update, we feature practices that public health agencies can use to provide educational materials and build preparedness and response programs with their community partners. Practices address personal preparedness for people with functional needs, assessment strategies for community groups, and training programs that can be adapted to various jurisdictions and agency types.
In this issue of PHP Update, we feature risk assessments and hazard vulnerability analyses that public health agencies have developed to plan for community members with functional needs, keep hospitals and health centers from being overwhelmed during a crisis, and build robust tools for state and local officials.
In this issue of Public Health Practices Update, we're taking a break from providing you with a themed issue. Instead, we'd like to update you on the new practices we've published on the PHP site and reports we've written about public health preparedness and response issues. If you'd like to keep in touch or receive current updates about PHP, please feel welcome to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Also, please check out CIDRAP's new LinkedIn group for daily updates on infectious disease news and occasional updates from PHP.
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.