Public Health Practices

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.

Toolkit paves the way for hospitals to meet children's needs during a disaster

A Washington healthcare coalition created a toolkit for managing neonatal and pediatric medical needs and evacuation during an emergency.

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Adapting the 'Healthy Development Measurement Tool' to post-disaster planning initiatives

Texas developed tools to track and address social health determinants after Hurricane Ike.

Climate change health assessment

An Alaska tribal health coalition identifies potential health effects from climate change in Arctic communities.

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SurveyMonkey used for campus vaccine registration

Michigan State University used its online course management system to register students for H1N1 vaccine.

Collaborative planning leads to successful vaccination clinic

The Greater Mankato Area Vaccination Planning Group helped run H1N1 vaccination clinics by ensuring safety measures, communicating extensive schedules, and making clinics convenient and child-friendly.

Telephone Survey Used to Understand Community Vaccine Uptake

In December 2009, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family conducted a telephone survey to determine vaccine coverage among adults and children. Health planners wanted to use the survey to help measure the extent to which high risk target group populations had been able to access and obtain the H1N1 vaccine and the projected percentage of residents in the target groups who had received it or wanted to receive it at the time.

Collecting medical countermeasure data

The Illinois Department of Health created an online survey tool to collect data on countermeasure supply and distribution from local health agencies and hospitals.

Illinois faith-based preparedness initiative

An inter-agency partnership developed tools by which churches can measure disaster risk and ability to provide emergency services.

FBO/CBO outreach and coordination

A campaign to integrate community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) into pandemic preparedness considers the ways in which these organizations have the ability to assist a large number and diversity of people. The campaign has two purposes: 1) to identify clients or members who are served by community organizations and may need special assistance during a pandemic; and 2) to assist organizations as they create emergency call-down procedures.

'Equity in Emergency Response' communications toolkit

A toolkit provides resources for assessing risk in vulnerable communities and creating partnerships to promote health equity during disasters.

Cambridge Personal Preparedness Materials

The Cambridge Advanced Practice Center for Emergency Preparedness (MA) developed materials for local health departments to promote personal preparedness planning and working with service agencies to reach at-risk populations. They are designed to be simple, clear, and effective at reaching a variety of audiences, and represent an accessible way to initiate or further personal preparedness discussion and activities.

Workbook for healthcare providers in rural communities

Texas agencies collaborated with healthcare providers to develop a toolkit for emergency planning in rural areas.

Assessment for organizations serving people with developmental disabilities

An online assessment helps state officials determine how well their preparedness plans include the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Kansas vulnerable populations outreach

An assessment toolkit provides detailed needs assessments for the elderly; people with disabilities; non-English speakers; and people who live in shelters, institutional facilities, and other specialized housing.

New York City Ventilator Capacity Project

The Ventilator Capacity Project surveyed New York City hospitals in order to ascertain several key elements of surge capacity. The survey determined 1) an accurate number of ventilators in city hospitals; 2) health care workers' familiarity with portable ventilators that are part of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS); 3) hospitals' willingness to use externally purchased ventilators; and 4) hospitals' reliance on oxygen vendors.

Extended Childcare

The Extended Childcare materials provide a process through which state employees could contract childcare services if they are required to respond to an emergency. This practice may be seen as an all-hazards approach to recognizing and assessing childcare availability as a potential barrier to HCWs' willingness to work during a pandemic.

Hamilton County preparation project

An Ohio county developed risk assessments and community preparedness materials for schools, houses of worship, and public safety agencies.

Pandemic Influenza Information Tool Kit: Town Hall Meetings

These documents are part of a detailed toolkit for planning and conducting local mini-Summits or Town Hall Meetings on introductory pandemic preparedness issues. The toolkit is noteworthy, because meetings were organized with community partners to produce materials that combine pandemic influenza issues with broader health topics, such as tobacco prevention.

Media Forums on Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza

New York State convened forums for news media personnel in various regions throughout the state.


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