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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.