Public Health Practices

'PODPocket' mobile app and standard guidance help Kentucky counties establish PODs

A Kentucky-based team created guidance and a Web-based app to assist counties in establishing and running Points of Dispensing.

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.

Partnership with Civil Air Patrol allows winter transport of emergency medications to Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Michigan partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to be able to deliver antivirals and other supplies to the Upper Peninsula when roads are unsafe and/or when other partners are unavailable.

Two Utah counties conduct exercises showing that banks can be viable Points of Dispensing (PODs)

As part of a Cities Readiness Initiative project, planners in two Utah counties tested their ability to distribute antibiotics or antivirals via bank drive-thru lanes.

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.

Residential delivery of medical countermeasures using school buses

A Virginia city developed a plan to distribute antibiotic kits to 90,000 homes via school buses in the event of a public health emergency.

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.

Vancouver 2010 Olympics stamp with snowboarder

Cross-border collaborations enhance preparedness at an international event

Washington worked with British Columbia to prepare for chemical emergencies during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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.

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.

Internal Memoranda of Understanding for Point of Dispensing Sites

Memoranda of Understanding have been developed and signed between internal university departments related to the use of facilities for Point of Dispensing (POD) sites. These departments are: Health Center, Environmental Health & Public Safety Department, Physical Facilities Department, Vice President of Student Services, and Recreation Sports Center.

Memorandum of Understanding for Prophylaxis During Public Health Emergencies

A memorandum has been developed and signed between Purdue University and the Tippecanoe County Health Department that allocates responsibility between the Health Department and the University for activities related to the prophylaxis of students, employees, dependents, and others according to eligibility guidelines as determined by the health department in the event of a public health emergency.

Building collaborative relationships with tribes

A Nevada liaison worked with tribes to develop mass vaccination and point-of-dispensing plans.

Antiviral coordination with pharmacies

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

Collecting medical countermeasure data

The Illinois Department of Health created an online survey tool to collect data on countermeasure supply and distribution from local health agencies and hospitals.

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.

Guide provides resources and training for planning closed dispensing sites

A comprehensive toolkit helps community organizations work with local public health agencies to distribute countermeasures to staff and clients during an emergency.

Oklahoma Push Partner Program

The Oklahoma Department of Health developed a Push Partner Program in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, which asked all communities to be prepared to provide prophylaxis to their entire population within 48 hours. The "push" strategy involves distributing medications to partner agencies, which then dispense the medications to their employees, employees' family members, and the agencies' clients.

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