Public Health Practices

West Virginia develops participatory, data-based health risk assessment

The West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness developed a county health risk assessment toolkit that gave local jurisdictions the resources they needed to involve communities in risk data collection and analysis.

Exercise integrates planning for people with functional needs in general population shelter

A Georgia health district helped to coordinate an exercise that built support services for physical disabilities, mental disorders, dementia, and wheelchair access into disaster shelter planning.

Program for veterans with dementia increases disaster preparedness in home-based care setting

A multidisciplinary group developed a disaster preparedness program for veterans with dementia and their caregivers.

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.

Guide for emergency responders provides tools for communicating with specific vulnerable groups

A Florida work group developed guidance on effective ways to communicate with people on dialysis, people with disabilities, migrant workers, and others during a disaster.

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.

Radiological preparedness activities focus on at-risk populations living in proximity to nuclear power plant

An Arizona human services agency developed plans and exercises for emergency evacuations of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children living near a nuclear power plant.

Preparedness book creates central location for essential medical information of seniors and people with disabilities during emergencies

The READY BOOK allows at-risk individuals to document vital information for caregivers and medical professionals providing assistance during a winter storm or other emergency.

Use of H1N1 funding to contract with advocacy groups and CBOs

Arizona's Maricopa County expanded existing outreach activities to get key messages about influenza to hard-to-reach communities.

Respiratory protection training for long-term care homes

New York developed tools to help long-term care facilities comply with respiratory protection standards around training, evaluation, and fit-testing.

AARP Partnership Aids Outreach to Grandparents

Collaborative partnerships developed for other goals may be effectively applied to H1N1 pandemic response. The Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) partnership with the state's AARP chapter is one such example.

Community Action Partnership/Area Agency on Aging MOA

An Idaho health district worked with community-based organizations to create a thorough Memorandum of Understanding for outlining technical assistance and emergency communication to at-risk populations.

The Prepared Community Initiative

Planners in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, developed a phased project to train community organizations in assessing and providing outreach to at-risk populations.

Linking home care and public health

The Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center developed a toolkit to train home health providers in emergency response.

Emergency preparedness checklist for case management and home care services

The Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center developed emergency continuity of operations tools for home care providers.

Emergency preparedness checklist for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes

The Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center developed an interactive tool for emergency continuity planning in nursing and group homes.

Kansas vulnerable populations outreach

An assessment toolkit provides detailed needs assessments for the elderly; people with disabilities; non-English speakers; and people who live in shelters, institutional facilities, and other specialized housing.

Neighbor to Neighbor Network

The Neighbor to Neighbor Network is a local, grassroots project that designates community hierarchies to establish communication about vulnerabilities between neighbors and offer support for preparedness activities. The network is designed to be facilitated by local Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and may dovetail nicely with other volunteer programs at the local level.

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