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.

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.

Social media training program builds responders' comfort with, ability to use Facebook, Twitter for emergency communications

A social media training program walks responders through a flood scenario and the step-by-step process of emergency communication on popular social media sites.

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.

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.

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.

Retrofitting a city bus for medical evacuations and respiratory therapy

Chicago first responders developed ways to provide oxygen therapy on buses during large-scale evacuations.

"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.

Polk County Special Population Planning

Special Population Planning creates a method for providing emergency responders in a Wisconsin county with a medical registry for special populations that may require assistance during an emergency. Although the service is based on an all-hazards approach, it could be useful during a pandemic. The registry is voluntary, free, and based on an application process, and it appears to be a low-cost project that could prove highly beneficial to the community.

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Mental health guide educates responders about age-based reactions to trauma

A guide for responders with little training in behavioral health describes how to mitigate the psychological effects of disaster in children and teens.

Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (National)

The Act is a legislative proposal intended to make voluntary health practitioners available for deployment as quickly as possible in response to emergency declarations. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws recommends that this Act be enacted by all states. It serves as an extremely useful template for addressing a number of complex legal issues around rapid deployment of volunteers in emergency situations.

Disaster communications guidebook

An all-hazards guide helps communities respond to emotional and behavioral issues following radiological emergencies, natural disasters, and other extreme events.

Using call centers to increase surge capacity: projects HEALTH and HELP

Denver Health worked with regional partners to create concepts for using poison control centers as emergency information hotlines during disasters.

Personal protective equipment pocket guide

A set of quick-reference cards shows responders personal protective equipment appropriate to type of emergency and/or contamination zone.

Tips for first responders for people with special needs

A pocket guide for disaster responders briefly describes considerations for assisting people with service animals, people with disabilities, the elderly, and others.

Churches, ARC, Volunteer Neighborhood Network

The brief, local American Red Cross plan involves a concept of operations to develop neighborhood support networks with local fire departments and churches during a pandemic. The concept offers support to community members by assuring that the fire department provides resources and information to churches, which then monitor specific neighborhoods and roads to identify and assist at-risk populations.

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