Public Health Practices

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.

Partnership with Civil Air Patrol allows winter transport of emergency medications to Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Michigan partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to be able to deliver antivirals and other supplies to the Upper Peninsula when roads are unsafe and/or when other partners are unavailable.

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.

Two Utah counties conduct exercises showing that banks can be viable Points of Dispensing (PODs)

As part of a Cities Readiness Initiative project, planners in two Utah counties tested their ability to distribute antibiotics or antivirals via bank drive-thru lanes.

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Summer heat illness fact sheets in 12 languages help reach limited-English proficient populations

California’s downloadable fact sheet on preventing and treating heat illness is available in Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Resources about winter weather and carbon monoxide address preparedness needs of new immigrants

Health planners worked with community groups and translators to convey the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure to new immigrants experiencing winter power outages.

Regional group prepares first responders, businesses, and residents for chemical emergencies

First responders and community members in an Ohio industrial community worked to create a response plan for potential chemical emergencies.

Public health planning group develops resources to help schools respond to H1N1

A planning group created tools for school nurses to educate children and parents, while monitoring and reporting respiratory illnesses during H1N1.

Home With Flu - comic strip with tips for parents

When disease incidence peaked last fall, and before vaccine was available, Public Health – Seattle & King County employees noticed that it was experiencing some messaging challenges. Although public health staff had been communicating the importance of staying home with flu-like symptoms, it became apparent that people were not following the guidance. For example, school officials reported that many students were coming to school sick.

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School surveillance and prior vaccination clinics strengthen H1N1 response

Hawaii developed vaccination outreach materials based on ongoing K-12 school surveillance.

H1N1 vaccine clinics for medically fragile children

The Rhode Island State Department of Health held H1N1 vaccination clinics in schools for children with neurologic illnesses and chronic medical conditions.

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.

Red Cross Home Care for Pandemic Flu (National)

Home Care for Pandemic Flu is a two-page guide for the public on how to care for sick family members at home during a pandemic. The brochure includes a home care supply list, lists flu symptoms, describes how to prevent spreading the flu, gives guidelines on recognizing and treating fever and dehydration, and a recipe for oral rehydration solution (ORS). The ORS recipe provides another option for treating dehydration at home.

Guide provides resources and training for planning closed dispensing sites

A comprehensive toolkit helps community organizations work with local public health agencies to distribute countermeasures to staff and clients during an emergency.

Comic book teaches pandemic preparedness and resilience

"No Ordinary Flu," available in 20 languages, features a child learning how his ancestors experienced the 1918 influenza pandemic and teaching his family about preparedness

Special Needs Task Force and Registry

New Hanover County, North Carolina, built and maintained a voluntary special needs emergency registry through their Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The registry was initiated in 1997 and housed under the Department of Emergency Management until 2003, when grant funds became available to support maintenance of a registry by RSVP.

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.

Gripe Pandemica Fotonovela

A fotonovela developed by North Carolina Division of Public Health teaches Spanish-reading individuals about pandemic influenza (gripe pandemica). A fotonovela is a comic-style novel that uses photos instead of illustrations, and the Gripe Pandemica Fotonovela tells a brief story about personal preparedness in Spanish. The story and pictures feature a boy who is telling his parents about the pandemic flu preparedness information he has learned in school.

Emergency communications toolkit

A Washington toolkit provides training and materials for public spokespeople to use before and during an emergency.

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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