Public Health Practices

Exercise illustrates role of small, independent pharmacies in emergency response

Public health planners worked with an independent pharmacy to test patient surge during a simulated influenza pandemic.

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.

Parochial Armenian schools develop and implement an earthquake preparedness program

Four Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area created earthquake response training and held exercises with students in grades 1-8.

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.

Toolkit provides guidelines and resources for sharing influenza-like illness data between health agencies and schools

A local public health agency in Texas worked with schools to develop an absenteeism surveillance system.

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.

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.

Yamhill County launched mass vaccination campaign for school-age children

An Oregon county used a hotline and multilingual materials to schedule school vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Public health planning group develops resources to help schools respond to H1N1

A planning group created tools for school nurses to educate children and parents, while monitoring and reporting respiratory illnesses during H1N1.

Evaluation of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Highlights Leadership Role of School Nurses

As part of Maine's efforts to evaluate H1N1 response, the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to conduct a evaluation of school-based vaccination clinics in Maine. USM focused on qualitative evaluation. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), the state public health agency, chose school-based vaccination as its primary mode for distributing H1N1 vaccine.

Elementary and middle schools collaborate with public health to evaluate vaccination and absenteeism

Several groups in Maine worked to measure K-12 school absenteeism following H1N1 vaccination clinics.

Partnerships key to vaccination campaign success

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

School building and yard in Hawaii

School surveillance and prior vaccination clinics strengthen H1N1 response

Hawaii developed vaccination outreach materials based on ongoing K-12 school surveillance.

Collaborations and Outreach Via Schools Encourages Parents to Get the Facts

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) formed a close partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDOE) to produce educational materials on H1N1 for K-12 school professionals, teachers, students, and parents. DHHR and DOE also provided outreach and held several community activities designed to promote discussion and collaboration among schools, parents, and health planners.

Active surveillance to track school closures

Michigan created protocols for monitoring school closure data via numerous sources during H1N1.

Resource manual ensures smooth clinic operations

South Carolina created resource manuals to ensure that all state regions and schools had access to the same vaccination clinic info.

School vaccination campaign

School districts in South Carolina used mobile teams to provide H1N1 vaccine to more than 80,000 children.

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.

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