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.

'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 New Hampshire public health region created an assessment tool for determining where to establish Points of Dispensing (PODs) that would be easily accessible to much of the population. The process included ranking towns on the basis of quantitative and qualitative factors and developing a tiered system of POD site selection that could be scaled to a variety of emergencies.

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 adapts infectious disease emergency response plan for local health departments

San Francisco created a toolkit that incorporated guidance and templates local health agencies can use to create an infectious disease response plan.

Toolkit helps agencies assess flu vaccine beliefs and behaviors, educate public, and tailor services

The San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center developed a toolkit to help health agencies conduct annual community assessments related to flu vaccine beliefs and behaviors.

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.

Media monitoring process informs recommendations for public communications during H1N1

Florida developed a targeted process to monitor H1N1-related news and opinion, a practice that informed the direction of their communication plan.

Connecticut emergency guide focuses on local hazards and enhanced communication to prepare and inform state residents

Connecticut developed an emergency preparedness guide that includes information on radiological emergencies, blizzards, and flash floods, among other issues.

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.

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.

Toolkit provides guidelines and resources for sharing influenza-like illness data between health agencies and schools

A local public health agency in Texas worked with schools to develop an absenteeism surveillance system.

Curriculum for use during school closures supports continuity of education in Arizona

Education and health officials partnered to create a grade-specific 8-week curriculum in language arts and math to be used during school closures.

Child Protective Services preparedness leads to continuity of essential functions during H1N1

During pandemic planning efforts, emergency planners in Arizona prioritized Child Protective Services as an essential department and conducted a variety of preparedness activities to ensure that it could meet the needs of allegedly abused and neglected children. Preparedness activities included cross-training staff, identifying options for holding hearings and family visits while maintaining social distancing, and planning for alternate handling of hotline calls.

Adapting a common software tool during H1N1 helped streamline mass clinic operations, improve communication, and save money

Adapting Microsoft SharePoint allowed a Michigan county to set up two H1N1 vaccination clinics within 48 hours and vaccinate more than 24,000 people.

One-page 'Mitigation Menu' created during H1N1 simplified communications and gave agencies current countermeasure recommendations

Oregon developed a menu of influenza mitigation options to help agencies, healthcare providers, and schools make emergency decisions.

Influenza education program increases surveillance capacity among rural, limited-English-speaking agricultural communities

A Minnesota center created a train-the-trainer influenza surveillance program for agricultural workers.

Hospital-based public health epidemiologist program for biosurveillance

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

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