Public Health Practices

Epidemiologic investigation leads to multilingual carbon monoxide poisoning prevention campaign

Connecticut held focus groups and developed multilingual educational materials on carbon monoxide poisoning prevention during power outages and winter storms.

Real-time information network provides emergency education and warnings to refugees

Utah agencies worked with refugee community leaders to develop a person-to-person emergency information network.

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.

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Summer heat illness fact sheets in 12 languages help reach limited-English proficient populations

California’s downloadable fact sheet on preventing and treating heat illness is available in Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Resources about winter weather and carbon monoxide address preparedness needs of new immigrants

Health planners worked with community groups and translators to convey the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure to new immigrants experiencing winter power outages.

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.

Toolkit helps emergency managers meet the needs of Latino communities

A national toolkit helps emergency managers improve disaster response to Latino Americans and recent immigrants.

Disaster planning in San Francisco’s Chinatown trains, empowers community members as responders during first 72 hours

A San Francisco coalition developed ways to communicate person-to-person in Chinatown during an emergency.

Using a multiprong, multipartner approach to address emerging language needs after a disaster

A New Orleans community coalition developed ways to address new language needs among immigrant workers helping to rebuild the city following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

New approach to translation helps Minnesota respond to H1N1

The Minnesota Department of Health worked with community groups to develop a tool that assessed language translation needs during an emergency.

Faith-based collaboration provides outreach in multiple languages

The state worked with faith-based organizations and houses of worship to develop and distribute H1N1 information. Materials are available in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

H1N1 materials cover basic information, special groups, and school vaccination clinics

Educational resources, many of them tailored for school and parent use, are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

H1N1 Foreign and Sign Language Resources

The department maintains a clearinghouse of H1N1 resources in 32 different languages. Resources were gathered from numerous public health agencies and represent a variety of information. The quantity of materials available in each language varies. For instance, the CDC's vaccine information statements are only available in Spanish and Chinese, while H1N1 resources pertaining to refugees are available in Kirundi and Burmese.

H1N1 Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages

Fact sheets and resources from the Connecticut Department of Public Health provide basic information about H1N1 influenza in multiple languages. A fact sheet answers many frequently asked questions, including questions about influenza transmission, prevention, symptoms, and treatment. The fact sheet links to other documents, including documents that focus on preventing and containing influenza in children.

Home Care Guide: Providing Care at Home During Pandemic Flu

The Home Care Guide provides the public with a comprehensive description of how to care for sick family members at home during a pandemic. It includes lists of emergency supplies, guidelines on how to limit the spread of disease at home, instructions on how to take care of sick household members safely and effectively and basic information about pandemic flu. This guide was created prior to the emergence of novel H1N1 flu virus in 2009.

Booklet in eight languages teaches influenza home care

This guide on how to care for ill family members at home is available in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Comic book teaches pandemic preparedness and resilience

"No Ordinary Flu," available in 20 languages, features a child learning how his ancestors experienced the 1918 influenza pandemic and teaching his family about preparedness

"When Words are Not Enough" communications training program for responders

A manual, communications booklet, and poster teach disaster responders simple ways to communicate with people who have disabilities.

Guide helps people prepare for and respond to disasters

Two agencies created a preparedness handbook for people with disabilities and their families, available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Guide helps communities learn about pandemic flu

A community handbook discusses how families and individuals can stay safe during an influenza outbreak.


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