Linking home care and public health

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The Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center developed a toolkit to assist health departments in conducting a pandemic influenza preparedness workshop for home care providers. While much of the toolkit focuses on continuity-of-operations planning for home care agencies, it also provides home care agencies with materials to enhance personal preparedness and knowledge about pandemic flu scenarios among their clients. The practice is based on the understanding the public health and home care are both responsible for educating vulnerable populations about personal preparedness so they have the tools to make it through a pandemic. The toolkit may save public health significant planning time and resources, as well as assist home care providers as they integrate pandemic preparedness into their daily client activities.

The toolkit includes all of the materials necessary to replicate the workshop, most of which can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any jurisdiction. Materials include a timeline checklist to keep event planning on track, a budget, ideas on where to find a list of home care agencies and partners in a given jurisdiction, a list of materials to include in a participant packet, event objectives, a flyer, a sample agenda, PowerPoint slides, an evaluation, and a description of lessons learned.

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