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.

Dispense Assist online screening system helps Kansas county improve POD throughput, serve vulnerable populations

Kansas created an online screening and voucher system to speed Point of Distribution throughput and accuracy.

Toolkit encourages health departments to engage pharmacies in all-hazards preparedness and response

A partnership between Maryland and Florida counties created a toolkit for engaging pharmacists in preparedness.

Collaborative drug therapy agreement toolkit for pharmacies and public health

The Seattle-King County Advanced Practice Center created a toolkit for health agencies partnering with community and retail pharmacists during a disaster.

Healthcare, public health partnerships support flood victims

Tennessee worked with pharmacies to ensure that people displaced by flooding had necessary medications.

Antiviral Distribution for the Control of H1N1

Building new partnerships, including with large retail chains, helped Texas dramatically expand its options for distributing antiviral medications during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Modifying procedure helps pharmacists provide flu vaccinations

The Louisiana Department of Health developed a protocol that allowed pharmacists to administer vaccine in accessible locations and increased vaccination rates.

Tracking H1N1 trends through electronic prescription records

Rhode Island used surveillance of electronic antiviral prescription records to monitor H1N1 spread and potential outbreaks.

Antiviral coordination with pharmacies

Pharmacy partnerships and a robust database helped South Carolina planners coordinate distribution of antivirals during a shortage.

Public antiviral stockpile program

The Florida Department of Health worked with pharmacies to develop a public antiviral stockpile accessible to everyone regardless of income and pharmacy supply.

Operational Framework for Partnering with Pharmacies for Administration of 2009 H1N1 Vaccine

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) created this guidance in consultation with national pharmacy and pharmacist associations, thought leaders from national and regional chain drug stores, ASTHO members, and key federal officials. The aim of the document is to assist health departments in maximizing the potential of chain and independent pharmacies as a viable resource for vaccination sites as part of an aggressive and comprehensive planning effort.

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