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.

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.

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.

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.

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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