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.

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.

Program for veterans with dementia increases disaster preparedness in home-based care setting

A multidisciplinary group developed a disaster preparedness program for veterans with dementia and their caregivers.

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.

Wyoming volunteer reception center builds rural first responder workforce and tackles liability issues

Several agencies in a rural Wyoming county created plans and structure for disaster volunteer management, training, and liability.

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.

Clearinghouse provides easy-to-use preparedness resources for families and responders assisting children with ASD

A Minnesota council created guidance and an app disaster responders can use to communicate with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Local health departments and community organizations work with paramedics to provide flu vaccine to homebound individuals

Oregon counties worked with paramedics to bring H1N1 vaccine to homebound people and people with disabilities.

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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.

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.

Grassroots coalition assembles network of community services to meet needs of county's vulnerable populations

A Kansas community coalition and local health agency helps at-risk populations prepare for disasters.

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.

Using a multiprong, multipartner approach to address emerging language needs after a disaster

A New Orleans community coalition developed ways to address new language needs among immigrant workers helping to rebuild the city following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

New approach to translation helps Minnesota respond to H1N1

The Minnesota Department of Health worked with community groups to develop a tool that assessed language translation needs during an emergency.

Use of H1N1 funding to contract with advocacy groups and CBOs

Arizona's Maricopa County expanded existing outreach activities to get key messages about influenza to hard-to-reach communities.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in Faith Communities Toolkit

An emergency preparedness presentation that occurred in Waupaca Wisconsin in January 2009 revealed an unexpected concern among regional residents: infection control at faith-based organizations. This topic caught the attention of the local public health nurse who hosted the presentation. As a result, a volunteer subcommittee was formed to address the concern.

Public health and faith-based organizations partner to offer food and vaccine to the homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Several counties partnered with faith-based organizations to offer H1N1 vaccine, food, and warm clothing to homeless people.

H1N1 Outreach to Multicultural Communities

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) conducted multicultural outreach to a wide range of communities just as their H1N1 vaccination campaign was underway. Health department planners used research on previous vaccination rates among various populations in Ohio to create targeted media and outreach efforts specifically among African-American and Hispanic populations.

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.

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