Guide provides resources and training for planning closed dispensing sites

Closed point of dispensing (POD) resources from Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support are designed to help community organizations work with local health departments to administer medication to their staff and/or clients during an emergency. The resources provide a wealth of information and tools for community organizations, including background information on the purpose of closed dispensing sites; the responsibilities and benefits of working with local health departments to develop a closed POD that is aligned with the Incident Command System; and a forms book that includes all documents necessary for setting up, running, and closing a closed POD.

Attached documents include:

  • A closed POD partnership presentation, which counties use as an introduction when first meeting with community partners
  • Frequently asked questions
  • A closed POD planning meeting training checklist, which health agencies use when meeting with community partners to make sure they cover all necessary information about running a closed POD
  • A closed POD plan template, which was intentially kept fairly simple and can be expanded with the addition of specific information. County planners have found that the template is flexible enough to be useful for jurisdictions of any size.
  • A closed POD workbook, which is used as a reference for community organizations and contains all information covered in the planning meetings
  • A closed POD field operations guide, which contains numerous checklists and is used as a playbook for the opening day of the closed POD
  • A closed POD forms book, which includes all of the documents a community organization might need to open, run, and shut down a POD, including checklists, screening forms, antibiotic information sheets, job aids, and job action sheets.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding template, which clearly lays out responsibilities and expectations between a health agency and community organization

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