Public Health Practices

Improving biosurveillance for mass gatherings: The 2013 Boston Marathon example

Immediately following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, BPHC's Medical Intelligence Center worked with hospitals to ensure quality and speed of care for injured patients.

Wyoming volunteer reception center builds rural first responder workforce and tackles liability issues

Several agencies in a rural Wyoming county created plans and structure for disaster volunteer management, training, and liability.

Wallow Fire - USDA

Multi-layered communications strategy protects residents in the path of Arizona wildfire

During the 2011 Wallow fire, Apache County Public Health District in Arizona used a significant volunteer force to keep residents informed about the fire's progress and the need to evacuate.

Disaster planning in San Francisco’s Chinatown trains, empowers community members as responders during first 72 hours

A San Francisco coalition developed ways to communicate person-to-person in Chinatown during an emergency.

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.

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Medical Reserve Corps assists with vaccination clinics

The University of Minnesota created a process for requesting and deploying Medical Reserve Corps members to staff mass vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Infection control internships help students, health services

Pennsylvania State University trained nursing and health policy interns to teach students about flu prevention and encourage vaccination.

Unique inventory management and volunteer system

The Virginia Department of Health created a system that enables the state to track SNS dispensing supplies and healthcare volunteer deployment during an emergency.

Alternate Care Site Primer for Volunteers

An online educational tool from the University of Minnesota Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center provides comprehensive just-in-time training for volunteers working at an alternate care site during a major emergency.

Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act (National)

The Act is a legislative proposal intended to make voluntary health practitioners available for deployment as quickly as possible in response to emergency declarations. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws recommends that this Act be enacted by all states. It serves as an extremely useful template for addressing a number of complex legal issues around rapid deployment of volunteers in emergency situations.

Medical Coordination and Care Delivery Process

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department developed a concept of operations for integrating community care providers into a Medical Reserve Corps as a means of reaching specific triage and treatment objectives during a disaster.

Health Human Resources Planning Tools (Ontario, Canada)

The Health Human Resources Planning Tools are intended to provide a competency-based framework for recruiting and screening volunteers to assist with patient care in a pandemic setting.

Good Samaritan legislation

The Good Samaritan legislation proposal aims to provide statutory protections for businesses and non-profit organizations that assist in governmental response efforts following a disaster. Examples of these protections may include reducing the liability of businesses that assist with stockpile distribution or churches that function as clinics or shelters.

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