Public Health Practices

Epidemiologic investigation leads to multilingual carbon monoxide poisoning prevention campaign

Connecticut held focus groups and developed multilingual educational materials on carbon monoxide poisoning prevention during power outages and winter storms.

Video featuring deaf actors and a storytelling format advocates family preparedness

The Connecticut Department of Health developed an interactive emergency preparedness video - "Prepared for Anything" - for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Costs to develop and maintain a state biosurveillance system: The New York example

New York developed a case study out of their efforts to build a single surveillance system for clinical and public health laboratories.

Improving biosurveillance after natural disasters: The Superstorm Sandy experience

After Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012, New York City used its surveillance system to monitor hospital evacuation and emerging health needs.

Improving biosurveillance for mass gatherings: The 2013 Boston Marathon example

Immediately following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, BPHC's Medical Intelligence Center worked with hospitals to ensure quality and speed of care for injured patients.

West Virginia develops participatory, data-based health risk assessment

The West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness developed a county health risk assessment toolkit that gave local jurisdictions the resources they needed to involve communities in risk data collection and analysis.

Exercise integrates planning for people with functional needs in general population shelter

A Georgia health district helped to coordinate an exercise that built support services for physical disabilities, mental disorders, dementia, and wheelchair access into disaster shelter planning.

Behavioral health tools help hospitals plan for psychological effects of disasters

Missouri agencies created guidance and a workbook for integrating behavioral health functions into a hospital's emergency plan.

Program for veterans with dementia increases disaster preparedness in home-based care setting

A multidisciplinary group developed a disaster preparedness program for veterans with dementia and their caregivers.

Real-time information network provides emergency education and warnings to refugees

Utah agencies worked with refugee community leaders to develop a person-to-person emergency information network.

'PODPocket' mobile app and standard guidance help Kentucky counties establish PODs

A Kentucky-based team created guidance and a Web-based app to assist counties in establishing and running Points of Dispensing.

Exercise illustrates role of small, independent pharmacies in emergency response

Public health planners worked with an independent pharmacy to test patient surge during a simulated influenza pandemic.

Wyoming volunteer reception center builds rural first responder workforce and tackles liability issues

Several agencies in a rural Wyoming county created plans and structure for disaster volunteer management, training, and liability.

Utah stakeholders forge healthcare coalition to strengthen surge capacity

The Northern Utah Healthcare Coalition addresses disaster medical surge issues and resource sharing in a large frontier area.

Boston health coalition builds cross-agency emergency communication structure

More than 400 Boston health and healthcare agencies created a communications coalition to respond quickly to medical surge and mass care needs.

Disaster training program for teens combats behavioral health effects of 2011 Minneapolis tornado

A youth training and resilience program helped families recover after the 2011 Minneapolis tornado.

Community reception center exercise tests Florida's radiological screening and decontamination process

Florida held an exercise to test skills related to radiological response, including screening, dosimetry, decontamination, and medical triage.

Multi-layered communications strategy protects residents in the path of Arizona wildfire

During the 2011 Wallow fire, Apache County Public Health District in Arizona used a significant volunteer force to keep residents informed about the fire's progress and the need to evacuate.

Tribal, state, and local agencies define responsibilities for health emergencies on tribal land

A tribe and state health department worked together to determine how to clarify roles and share resources during a cross-jurisdictional emergency.

Interactive, visual tool helps people with communication needs stay safe in emergency shelters

A visual tool helps emergency shelter residents and staff communicate shelter procedures, medical needs, and feelings without need for speech.

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