Public Health Practices

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.

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.

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.

Guidance helps integrate concerns about sexual violence into the roles and procedures of disaster responders

Louisiana communities helped inform a national guidance about preventing sexual violence in shelters and temporary housing during and after a disaster.

Guide for emergency responders provides tools for communicating with specific vulnerable groups

A Florida work group developed guidance on effective ways to communicate with people on dialysis, people with disabilities, migrant workers, and others during a disaster.

Interactive, educational materials provide guidance for staying safe following a volcanic eruption

Interactive volcano preparedness materials for adults and children describe ways to prepare for ashfall and evacuation, with particular attention to people living near Mount Rainier.

Toolkit helps emergency managers meet the needs of Latino communities

A national toolkit helps emergency managers improve disaster response to Latino Americans and recent immigrants.

Disaster planning in San Francisco’s Chinatown trains, empowers community members as responders during first 72 hours

A San Francisco coalition developed ways to communicate person-to-person in Chinatown during an emergency.

Emergency preparedness guide addresses the unique needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers

An interactive guide helps planners respond to the linguistic, transportation, and healthcare needs of migrant farmworkers during an emergency.


Texas created dengue fever public health response guide

Texas worked with northern Mexican states to monitor increasing cases of dengue fever and create a response guide.

Partnerships key to vaccination campaign success

Louisiana formed strike teams to vaccinate children and youth at school-based clinics during H1N1.

K-12 School Closure Guidance

Two years before the emergence of novel H1N1 virus, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) formed a unique partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to collaborate on pandemic influenza preparedness efforts.

Home Care Guide: Providing Care at Home During Pandemic Flu

The Home Care Guide provides the public with a comprehensive description of how to care for sick family members at home during a pandemic. It includes lists of emergency supplies, guidelines on how to limit the spread of disease at home, instructions on how to take care of sick household members safely and effectively and basic information about pandemic flu. This guide was created prior to the emergence of novel H1N1 flu virus in 2009.

Booklet in eight languages teaches influenza home care

This guide on how to care for ill family members at home is available in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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.

Guide for including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness planning

A University of Connecticut center created guidance and assessment tools for ensuring that people with physical, sensory, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities are prepared for an emergency.

Diabetes disaster preparedness guide

A New Jersey healthcare system created a guide for people with diabetes to guide them through blood sugar and foot care, physical safety, and dietary issues during a disaster.

Emergency preparedness tips for those with functional needs guidebook

An interdisciplinary team created a guidebook for addressing the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and people with chronic health conditions during a disaster.

Guide helps communities learn about pandemic flu

A community handbook discusses how families and individuals can stay safe during an influenza outbreak.


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