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.

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.

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.

Pharmacy student administers flu shot

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.

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.

Farmworker preparedness during San Diego wildfires

A California coalition integrated community health workers into Incident Command Structure to help prepare farmworkers for wildfires.

Emergency preparedness guide addresses the unique needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers

An interactive guide helps planners respond to the linguistic, transportation, and healthcare needs of migrant farmworkers during an emergency.

Regional multidisciplinary group develops H1N1 response policies to bridge the gap between public health and healthcare

An Oregon healthcare coalition developed regional hospital and Strategic National Stockpile policies during H1N1.

Healthcare systems and public health collaborate on free vaccine clinics

Competing healthcare systems in South Dakota partnered to offer free H1N1 vaccine during 2009-2010.

Public health and faith-based organizations partner to offer food and vaccine to the homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Several counties partnered with faith-based organizations to offer H1N1 vaccine, food, and warm clothing to homeless people.

Food Workers Learn about Flu

Throughout the country, health departments have struggled with how to best reach medically underserved populations during the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. In Illinois, the Kane County Health Department implemented an innovative communication strategy that involved local sanitarians in their outreach efforts.

Mobile vaccination clinic reaches rural areas

A West Virginia health agency used a mobile H1N1 vaccination clinic to reach rural areas and/or when snowy roads made travel to clinics difficult.

Outreach to racial and ethnic populations encouraging vaccination

As part of the Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) H1N1 vaccination campaign, state health officials undertook many activities to reach racial and ethnic minority populations in the Commonwealth. The state used measured research to thoughtfully position H1N1 media and outreach efforts to minority populations, specifically African-American and Hispanic groups.

Mobile vaccination clinic for reaching a South Dakota reservation

An existing mobile clinic delivered H1N1 vaccine to remote reservation communities in South Dakota.

H1N1 Benefit Program for the Uninsured

In response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recruited a state-wide network of health care providers to participate in a limited benefit program to provide flu-related care to the uninsured. The Department chose not to implement the benefit program in the spring. However, due to the resurgence of H1N1 influenza during the fall, the Department implemented the benefit effective Monday, November 2. Establishing the Provider Network:

Public antiviral stockpile program

The Florida Department of Health worked with pharmacies to develop a public antiviral stockpile accessible to everyone regardless of income and pharmacy supply.

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.

Workbook for healthcare providers in rural communities

Texas agencies collaborated with healthcare providers to develop a toolkit for emergency planning in rural areas.

Community Food Supply Outreach

A small, easily managed, and highly visible marketing project was achieved through a local health department's cooperative agreement with a grocery store. The health department's pandemic influenza planning committee coordinated a case lot sale of canned goods with the grocery store. Grocers placed lists of personal food stockpile items within the store.

Red Cross Preparedness and Resiliency materials (National)

The Preparedness and Resiliency materials from the American Red Cross address the mental well-being of adults and children following a disaster. The document on coping strategies for children is not specific to a pandemic situation, yet it contains accurate guidance for caregivers who are dealing with a child's experience of trauma or loss. An especially useful part of the guide is the list of age-based responses to trauma and triggers for when parents should seek professional help.

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