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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.

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.

H1N1 Foreign and Sign Language Resources

The department maintains a clearinghouse of H1N1 resources in 32 different languages. Resources were gathered from numerous public health agencies and represent a variety of information. The quantity of materials available in each language varies. For instance, the CDC's vaccine information statements are only available in Spanish and Chinese, while H1N1 resources pertaining to refugees are available in Kirundi and Burmese.

What If? Colorado

Colorado has taken online community engagement one step further than many states by creating a reality-type exercise with citizens, who will be selected to compete only after they submit a video through YouTube. Competitors can submit a simple video in which they describe five things without which they could not live. Winners will live in a house for a multi-day period and undergo televised challenges to acquaint them with potential situations they may face during a pandemic.

Colorado's GEEERC

The Governor's Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee acts to advise the governor during an emerging or ongoing public health threat. It creates a mechanism for sharing public health decision-making with healthcare and infectious disease experts to achieve clarity and consensus in public health recommendations and the governor's executive emergency orders. The model provides ideas and instruction that could be incorporated into other states' advisory committee models.

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.

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