Public Health Practices

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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.

Interactive, visual tool helps people with communication needs stay safe in emergency shelters

A visual tool helps emergency shelter residents and staff communicate shelter procedures, medical needs, and feelings without need for speech.

Michigan integrates disaster preparedness curriculum into school health program

A school-based disaster preparedness curriculum transmits skills to children while training them to educate and assist their parents.

Parochial Armenian schools develop and implement an earthquake preparedness program

Four Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area created earthquake response training and held exercises with students in grades 1-8.

Curriculum trains children to act as disaster preparedness ambassadors to their families

A disaster preparedness curriculum provides children with skills that they can bring home and teach to their families.

Toolkit paves the way for hospitals to meet children's needs during a disaster

A Washington healthcare coalition created a toolkit for managing neonatal and pediatric medical needs and evacuation during an emergency.

Clearinghouse provides easy-to-use preparedness resources for families and responders assisting children with ASD

A Minnesota council created guidance and an app disaster responders can use to communicate with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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

The Arizona Department of Economic Security worked to ensure that Child Protective Services' court hearings and hotline services would continue during an emergency.

Culturally relevant curriculum teaches students in grades K-12 about tsunami generation and preparedness

The Alaska Tsunami Education Program blends science and Alaska Native knowledge to teach children about tsunamis.

Interactive, educational materials provide guidance for staying safe following a volcanic eruption

Interactive volcano preparedness materials for adults and children describe ways to prepare for ashfall and evacuation, with particular attention to people living near Mount Rainier.

Creating a regional pediatric disaster preparedness network

Five southeastern states built a coalition that increased regional capacity for pediatric disaster medical care.

Yamhill County launched mass vaccination campaign for school-age children

An Oregon county used a hotline and multilingual materials to schedule school vaccination clinics during H1N1.

Public health planning group develops resources to help schools respond to H1N1

A planning group created tools for school nurses to educate children and parents, while monitoring and reporting respiratory illnesses during H1N1.

Evaluation of H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Highlights Leadership Role of School Nurses

As part of Maine's efforts to evaluate H1N1 response, the University of Southern Maine (USM) Muskie School of Public Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to conduct a evaluation of school-based vaccination clinics in Maine. USM focused on qualitative evaluation. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), the state public health agency, chose school-based vaccination as its primary mode for distributing H1N1 vaccine.

Elementary and middle schools collaborate with public health to evaluate vaccination and absenteeism

Several groups in Maine worked to measure K-12 school absenteeism following H1N1 vaccination clinics.

Home With Flu - comic strip with tips for parents

When disease incidence peaked last fall, and before vaccine was available, Public Health – Seattle & King County employees noticed that it was experiencing some messaging challenges. Although public health staff had been communicating the importance of staying home with flu-like symptoms, it became apparent that people were not following the guidance. For example, school officials reported that many students were coming to school sick.

Young Artists Foster H1N1 Awareness

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) designed an art contest as part of its Roll Up Your Sleeve campaign, aimed at educating the public about H1N1 flu. The Shoo-Flu-Shoo art contest and resulting calendar was a tool DCH used to engage children in flu prevention and increase awareness among families.

Zoo vaccination clinic targets daycare children

Planners in Norfolk, Virginia, developed a unique program to combine a free visit to the zoo with free H1N1 vaccination for children in child care programs.

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