Public Health Practices

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.

Children look at uprooted tree

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.

Michigan integrates disaster preparedness curriculum into school health program

A school-based disaster preparedness curriculum transmits skills to children while training them to educate and assist their parents.

Curriculum trains children to act as disaster preparedness ambassadors to their families

A disaster preparedness curriculum provides children with skills that they can bring home and teach to their families.

Pharmacy student administers flu shot

Nursing and pharmacy students are trained to provide immunizations to high-risk adults at free clinics

Oregon created training videos for nursing and pharmacy students providing flu vaccine at free clinics.

Curriculum for use during school closures supports continuity of education in Arizona

Education and health officials partnered to create a grade-specific 8-week curriculum in language arts and math to be used during school closures.

Culturally relevant curriculum teaches students in grades K-12 about tsunami generation and preparedness

The Alaska Tsunami Education Program blends science and Alaska Native knowledge to teach children about tsunamis.

Influenza education program increases surveillance capacity among rural, limited-English-speaking agricultural communities

A Minnesota center created a train-the-trainer influenza surveillance program for agricultural workers.

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.

Using the online 'Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response' to enhance the quality of care for diverse populations

Online modules use a variety of educational activities to provide cultural insight into the effects of disaster on diverse communities.

Dirty bomb/radiological contamination interactive training

An online course uses a first-person, gaming format to train responders in radiological decontamination, mass fatalities management, and establishment of a community assistance center.

Videoconference training: emergency planning for special needs communities (VA, WV)

Virginia and West Virginia partnered to offer a videoconference training on preparedness and response for at-risk populations.

Training for community agencies to plan for H1N1 and people with special needs

The Rhode Island Department of Health held a three-day training for community agencies serving people with functional needs during an emergency.

"When Words are Not Enough" communications training program for responders

A manual, communications booklet, and poster teach disaster responders simple ways to communicate with people who have disabilities.

Pandemic Influenza Surge Plan to Manage In-Hospital Deaths

New York City's mass fatality guidance comprises two parts: (1) a training course for health professionals who will be involved in fatality management, and (2) a planning tool. The course describes strategies, roles, and responsibilities that will be assumed by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and health care facilities.

The Prepared Community Initiative

Planners in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, developed a phased project to train community organizations in assessing and providing outreach to at-risk populations.

Emergency preparedness training curriculum for Latino Promoters

A train-the-trainer program enables community health workers, or promotores, to bring emergency preparedness information to Maryland's Latina/o community.

'Ready, Willing & Able' online training

A Web-based course provides training to public health, hospital, and disaster relief personnel who will be working with disabled individuals during a disaster.

Children blowing bubbles

Minnesota psychological first aid training addresses needs of specific audiences

A psychological first aid course includes presentations tailored for first responders and K-12 school staff.

Standards and Guidelines for Healthcare Surge during Emergencies

The California Department of Public Health has outlined a process for dealing with the complex issues of clinical care surge capacity during a public health emergency. The tools could serve as an educational model for other states that are attempting to address this challenging topic.

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