Public Health Practices

Costs to develop and maintain a state biosurveillance system: The New York example

New York developed a case study out of their efforts to build a single surveillance system for clinical and public health laboratories.

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.

'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.

Boston health coalition builds cross-agency emergency communication structure

More than 400 Boston health and healthcare agencies created a communications coalition to respond quickly to medical surge and mass care needs.

Tribal, state, and local agencies define responsibilities for health emergencies on tribal land

A tribe and state health department worked together to determine how to clarify roles and share resources during a cross-jurisdictional emergency.

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.

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.

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.

Hospital-based public health epidemiologist program for biosurveillance

North Carolina placed epidemiologists in 10 large healthcare systems to increase surveillance for biological threats.

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.

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.

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.

Push Partner Registry

The Push Partner Registry (PPR) is a five-county public health partnership with community-based organizations to dispense medications to at-risk populations during an emergency. The intent of the registry is to create a comprehensive database of regional private partners and community-based organizations that serve at-risk populations and are willing to serve as a private point-of-dispensing (POD) site during an emergency.

A Mass Casualty Care Strategy for Biological Terrorism Incidents (National)

A NIMS-based approach provides a framework to establish an acute care center (ACC) for a bioterrorism event, but much of the information could easily be extrapolated to a pandemic situation. The materials describe a coordinated approach between local hospitals and acute care centers by including scenarios for which an ACC might be needed and defining the level of care provided outside of a hospital.

Central Brooklyn Center for Bioterrorism and Preparedness Planning: An Integrated Plan to Augment Surge Capacity

A concept of operations describes an integrated approach to developing surge capacity plans between multiple hospitals. Four hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, developed a collaborative plan by conducting inventories of various hospital assets and identifying surge capacity resources at each facility.

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