Public Health Practices

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.

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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.

Communications campaign and toolkit provide preparedness resources for individuals and organizations

Flip-charts, posters, and brochures provide all-hazards preparedness information in Chinese, Farsi, French, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Toolkit equips places of worship with planning and response resources

Strengthening the Strengtheners: A Toolkit in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Congregations offers multiple resources and addresses emotional distress and coping.

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Emergency response planning for child care providers

A guidebook gives child care providers the knowledge and tools to establish an emergency response plan for their program and help children cope with trauma.

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Minnesota psychological first aid training addresses needs of specific audiences

A psychological first aid course includes presentations tailored for first responders and K-12 school staff.

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Mental health guide educates responders about age-based reactions to trauma

A guide for responders with little training in behavioral health describes how to mitigate the psychological effects of disaster in children and teens.

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Disaster relief guide uses broad definition of spiritual health

Light Our Way addresses emotional health among disaster volunteers from faith-based organizations.

Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency materials (National)

The Preparedness and Resiliency materials from the American Red Cross address the mental well-being of adults and children following a disaster. The document on coping strategies for children is not specific to a pandemic situation, yet it contains accurate guidance for caregivers who are dealing with a child's experience of trauma or loss. An especially useful part of the guide is the list of age-based responses to trauma and triggers for when parents should seek professional help.

Pan Flu Community Advisory Group

Four community advisory groups reported to Indiana's State Health Commissioner on four topics of immediate interest to pandemic planning: antiviral allocation, community containment measures, altered standards of care, and mental health. The report's recommendations were made by a Community Advisory Group (CAG), whose members included local health department representatives, clinicians, subject matter experts, and a bio-ethicist to guide discussion.

Family Assistance Approach to Mass Fatalities (National)

The Family Assistance White Paper was written by a largely military working group to address how social distancing during a pandemic may affect traditional mass fatality management. The report includes discussion about how to set up a virtual family assistance center that would allow family members to identify and mourn a body and receive emotional support without being physically present on-site during a pandemic.

Disaster communications guidebook

An all-hazards guide helps communities respond to emotional and behavioral issues following radiological emergencies, natural disasters, and other extreme events.

Promotores for pandemic influenza

Promotores provide preparedness training and peer networks between El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico.

Response and recovery planning for public leaders and spokespersons

An all-hazards guidebook gives community leaders talking points and examples for discussing mental health issues following a variety of emergencies.

Parenting Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters (National)

The parenting tips included in this document reflect the current national standards for psychological first aid training. The document presents a nicely organized matrix useful for identifying various responses to disaster by age and behavior type. Although the guide discusses disasters in a general context, the psychological first aid materials on impact of media coverage and loss of loved ones may be particularly relevant to a pandemic situation.

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