University of Illinois

Submitted Practices

HR guidance development

A University of Illinois infectious disease work group worked with departments and unions to develop guidelines for handling employee illness during H1N1.

Self-Isolation: The Family Home Option

The University of Illinois describes its H1N1 response as successful, largely due to its comprehensive approach to identifying and isolating ill students. Often, ill students recovered under the watchful eyes of their parents.

Organizing the Emergency Operations Center

Although the University of Illinois did not need to stand up its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or Incident Command Post (ICP) for the H1N1 pandemic, the school had a plan in place that would have allowed that to happen quickly.

Communications With Parents

Parents were considered an important stakeholder group for communications during the H1N1 response at the University of Illinois. As part of the outreach to parents, Dr. David Lawrance, Medical Director at McKinley Health Center, wrote letters for an electronic newsletter that is distributed to up to 20,000 parents of Illinois students. The letters "had a tremendous reach and kept parental complaints down to a very small number.

Self-Isolation: The On-Campus Option

Although the University of Illinois was able to send many H1N1-infected students home to recover with their parents, an on-campus option was needed. Illinois has among the most international students of any college campus in the United States, said Jim Rooney, EDD, Associate Director of Housing. More than 2,700 of those students are undergraduates, who tend to live on campus.

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