Public Health Practices

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.

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.

Rural New England region assesses local characteristics to identify ideal POD sites

A rural region created an assessment for determining road quality and accessibility for proposed mass dispensing locations.

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 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.

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.

Farmworker preparedness during San Diego wildfires

A California coalition integrated community health workers into Incident Command Structure to help prepare farmworkers for wildfires.

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.

Emergency preparedness guide addresses the unique needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers

An interactive guide helps planners respond to the linguistic, transportation, and healthcare needs of migrant farmworkers during an emergency.

Using the online 'Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response' to enhance the quality of care for diverse populations

Online modules use a variety of educational activities to provide cultural insight into the effects of disaster on diverse communities.

Creating a regional pediatric disaster preparedness network

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

Healthcare, public health partnerships support flood victims

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

Regional multidisciplinary group develops H1N1 response policies to bridge the gap between public health and healthcare

An Oregon healthcare coalition developed regional hospital and Strategic National Stockpile policies during H1N1.

Healthcare systems and public health collaborate on free vaccine clinics

Competing healthcare systems in South Dakota partnered to offer free H1N1 vaccine during 2009-2010.

Public health and faith-based organizations partner to offer food and vaccine to the homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Several counties partnered with faith-based organizations to offer H1N1 vaccine, food, and warm clothing to homeless people.

Risk-based vaccine allocation for American Indian population

The Arizona Department of Health Services allocated 10% of H1N1 vaccine and preparedness funding to tribal healthcare providers in response to large numbers of hospitalizations and deaths among American Indians.

Mobile vaccination clinic for reaching a South Dakota reservation

An existing mobile clinic delivered H1N1 vaccine to remote reservation communities in South Dakota.

H1N1 Benefit Program for the Uninsured

In response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recruited a state-wide network of health care providers to participate in a limited benefit program to provide flu-related care to the uninsured. The Department chose not to implement the benefit program in the spring. However, due to the resurgence of H1N1 influenza during the fall, the Department implemented the benefit effective Monday, November 2. Establishing the Provider Network:

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