Public Health Practices

Behavioral health tools help hospitals plan for psychological effects of disasters

Missouri agencies created guidance and a workbook for integrating behavioral health functions into a hospital's emergency plan.

Exercise illustrates role of small, independent pharmacies in emergency response

Public health planners worked with an independent pharmacy to test patient surge during a simulated influenza pandemic.

Ready in 3 for individuals on dialysis

Missouri developed preparedness plans for people with end-stage renal disease who will need dialysis during an emergency.

Pandemic Flu Citizen Engagement Project

A citizen engagement project sought to bring a public voice into the crafting of pandemic plans in the Kansas City metropolitan area. One KC Voice, a metro-wide alliance of civic organizations, held 23 citizen meetings designed to understand the values that the community held around pandemic influenza. Four workshops followed these meetings, so that citizens could identify actions that could be taken by the community and the health departments to mitigate their concerns.

Alternate Care Sites

Part of Missouri's strategy for countering surge during a pandemic includes using Mass Casualty Incident Trailers as alternate care sites. The unique approach relies on recruiting hospitals to host the trailers and maintain essential resources for their communities. The supply manifests are detailed and concrete checklists that represent thorough operational planning.

School Preparedness

This online preparedness tool from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services incorporates training and security information that can be accessed by schools for pandemic preparation and response. Most of the web site is password-protected, but some explanatory materials can be accessed by anyone under the "Overview" section of the site.

Disaster communications guidebook

An all-hazards guide helps communities respond to emotional and behavioral issues following radiological emergencies, natural disasters, and other extreme events.

Response and recovery planning for public leaders and spokespersons

An all-hazards guidebook gives community leaders talking points and examples for discussing mental health issues following a variety of emergencies.

Pandemic flu guide encourages family preparedness via a simple message

Missouri created all-hazards, interactive preparedness tools in Spanish and Bosnian.

Community Readiness Challenge

The Community Readiness Challenge encourages individuals and families to build a pandemic preparedness kit by providing detailed lists of weekly items to buy and ways to prepare for 26 weeks. The LOCC box portion of the program uses business donations to assemble personal preparedness kits for economically-disadvantaged citizens. This practice is noteworthy, because it addresses a group for which there is little focus on prevention and planning efforts.

Neighbor to Neighbor Network

The Neighbor to Neighbor Network is a local, grassroots project that designates community hierarchies to establish communication about vulnerabilities between neighbors and offer support for preparedness activities. The network is designed to be facilitated by local Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and may dovetail nicely with other volunteer programs at the local level.

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