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.

Faith-based collaboration provides outreach in multiple languages

The state worked with faith-based organizations and houses of worship to develop and distribute H1N1 information. Materials are available in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

H1N1 Foreign and Sign Language Resources

The department maintains a clearinghouse of H1N1 resources in 32 different languages. Resources were gathered from numerous public health agencies and represent a variety of information. The quantity of materials available in each language varies. For instance, the CDC's vaccine information statements are only available in Spanish and Chinese, while H1N1 resources pertaining to refugees are available in Kirundi and Burmese.

H1N1 Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages

Fact sheets and resources from the Connecticut Department of Public Health provide basic information about H1N1 influenza in multiple languages. A fact sheet answers many frequently asked questions, including questions about influenza transmission, prevention, symptoms, and treatment. The fact sheet links to other documents, including documents that focus on preventing and containing influenza in children.

Flu Watch Communication Campaign

A basic but complete overview of seasonal and pandemic issues focuses on education, basic prevention, and personal preparedness. The materials are simple, clearly branded, consistent, and pre-packaged into user-friendly campaign materials. A press release, fliers, and other materials allow others to conduct educational presentations. Use of the governor in a public service announcement helps to emphasize the importance of the message.

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