Public Health Practices

Costs to develop and maintain a state biosurveillance system: The New York example

New York developed a case study out of their efforts to build a single surveillance system for clinical and public health laboratories.

Improving biosurveillance after natural disasters: The Superstorm Sandy experience

After Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012, New York City used its surveillance system to monitor hospital evacuation and emerging health needs.

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.

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.

Utah stakeholders forge healthcare coalition to strengthen surge capacity

The Northern Utah Healthcare Coalition addresses disaster medical surge issues and resource sharing in a large frontier area.

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.

State funding opportunity provides avenues for emergency water supply in hospitals

A two-phase project provides funding for hospitals to create emergency water wells, which could be used during water supply disruption.

Framework provides strategies for addressing resource scarcity in hospitals and clinics during a regional response

Minnesota developed color-coded recommendations for hospitals that need to manage resources like oxygen, intravenous equipment, and nutrition during emergencies.

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.

Partners create a healthcare system to meet the needs of uninsured during H1N1 surge

An Oregon coalition worked with healthcare systems to provide free phone triage, antiviral prescriptions, and clinic visits for uninsured people during H1N1.

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.

Partnerships, tools, and tabletop exercise tackle preparedness, continuity of opioid treatment programs during a disaster

Stakeholders expanded the Seattle region's capacity to ensure continuity of care for opioid treatment patients during a disaster.

Resource directories and medical management guidelines for response to a chemical emergency

Michigan developed streamlined tools to help responders make quick decisions during chemical emergencies.

Mesa County, Colorado

Toolkit uses just-in-time training to integrate volunteers into healthcare response

To address health professional shortages in rural areas, a Colorado APC developed interactive orientation and training tools for volunteers.

Hospital-based public health epidemiologist program for biosurveillance

North Carolina placed epidemiologists in 10 large healthcare systems to increase surveillance for biological threats.

Creating a regional pediatric disaster preparedness network

Five southeastern states built a coalition that increased regional capacity for pediatric disaster medical care.

HSEEP-based emergency exercise toolkit tailors tabletop exercises to the needs of hospitals and health facilities

Chicago's toolkit walks users through planning a heat wave and medical surge scenario for a healthcare tabletop exercise.

Colorado Hospital Mass Fatality Summit

As part of the 2009-2010 Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) partnered with the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) to design and conduct the three-day Colorado Hospital Mass Fatality Summit to prepare Colorado hospitals for managing a mass fatality event.

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