Community Tool Kit: Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic

The Community Tool Kit is intended to educate community groups about seasonal, avian, and pandemic influenza. The materials place these influenza-related risks in the context of other emergencies, and they offer several ways for individuals and groups to plan and prepare. The kit contains educational presentations; ideas for activities that community groups can conduct with their members; discussion guides and evaluation forms for audience members and facilitators to use during educational sessions; and brochures and fact sheets on emergencies, emergency assistance, avian flu, pandemic flu, food safety, and healthy habits. The practice is noteworthy because this toolkit includes all key elements of community pandemic preparedness. The educational slides and preparedness outreach documents convey their messages in a consistent and appropriate tone and are accurate, clear, and well-organized. Although the kit's components provide conventional educational and outreach material, the practice is extraordinary because of the comprehensive and all-inclusive way in which the material is presented. Local and state public health agencies that are considering creating or purchasing a community education toolkit could save time and valuable public dollars by following this toolkit's excellent example.

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