Virginia Department of Health

Submitted Practices

Videoconference training: emergency planning for special needs communities (VA, WV)

Virginia and West Virginia partnered to offer a videoconference training on preparedness and response for at-risk populations.

Unique inventory management and volunteer system

The Virginia Department of Health created a system that enables the state to track SNS dispensing supplies and healthcare volunteer deployment during an emergency.

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.

A New Communications Route to Licensed Providers

When Virginia Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP declared a public health emergency due to the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic, her declaration by code allowed her access to the state's database for all licensed healthcare providers. This presented a useful new communications channel.

H1N1 Vaccine Providers Boost State Immunization Registry

The novel H1N1 pandemic has provided Virginia with an opportunity to greatly enhance its statewide Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS). The electronic registry system, established in the 2005 state legislative session, was experiencing a slow rollout before the pandemic. About 200 private providers were registered before a pandemic was declared.

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