Public Health Practices

State funding opportunity provides avenues for emergency water supply in hospitals

A two-phase project provides funding for hospitals to create emergency water wells, which could be used during water supply disruption.

Telephone triage and treatment protocol

Decision-making templates and staffing plans for an H1N1 hotline allowed nurses to screen and prescribe antivirals to ill students.

MHUB communication tool for students, staff, and faculty

During H1N1, the University of Wisconsin - Madison used an e-mail platform to manage emergency communication across campus.

Virtual EOC is Campus Base of Operations

From 2006 until the outbreak of H1N1 in spring 2009, the University of Wisconsin Madison (UW-Madison) made pandemic influenza planning a priority for campus organizations and departments. In 2006, initial support for pandemic planning came directly from the Chancellor's office.

Preventing the Spread of Infection in Faith Communities Toolkit

An emergency preparedness presentation that occurred in Waupaca Wisconsin in January 2009 revealed an unexpected concern among regional residents: infection control at faith-based organizations. This topic caught the attention of the local public health nurse who hosted the presentation. As a result, a volunteer subcommittee was formed to address the concern.

H1N1 Flu Partner Webcasts

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) held weekly H1N1 briefings via live and on-demand webcasts to increase viewers, conserve resources, and communicate increasingly complex data.

Guidelines for Accessing the Hospital PPE Stockpile

The Hospital PPE Stockpile is separate from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Guidelines for accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Strategic National Stockpile are incident-specific with information available through the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

H1N1 Benefit Program for the Uninsured

In response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak this spring, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recruited a state-wide network of health care providers to participate in a limited benefit program to provide flu-related care to the uninsured. The Department chose not to implement the benefit program in the spring. However, due to the resurgence of H1N1 influenza during the fall, the Department implemented the benefit effective Monday, November 2. Establishing the Provider Network:

Under the Weather Posters

Three posters ask the question "Under the weather?" and provide basic hygiene tips to prevent colds and influenza. The content is straightforward: Stay home when you are sick; Cover your mouth and nose; Clean your hands; and Get your shots. Although the messages are basic, one reviewer noted that hygiene and staying home may be some of the only effective interventions during a pandemic.

Barron County Court System: Strategies for a Pandemic Influenza

A collaborative effort between public health and local courts resulted in a document that aims to prepare the court system for an influenza pandemic. The guidance provides a local judicial system with a thorough and succinct overview of guidelines, procedures, and specific directions to follow during a pandemic. Guidelines are built on the premise that a local court system must maintain its functional operations during an emergency to ensure justice for the people.

Pandemic Influenza Mortuary Planning Guidelines

The Guidelines use the Incident Command System (ICS) to develop detailed and coherent plans for processing human remains during a pandemic. A Pandemic Mortuary Planning Committee assessed the county's current capacity for mortuary management and established the Unified Mortuary Preparation Facility (UMPF) and Family Assistance Center. The UMPF would enable other funeral homes to cease operations and conduct communications and remains processing through the UMPF.

Polk County Special Population Planning

Special Population Planning creates a method for providing emergency responders in a Wisconsin county with a medical registry for special populations that may require assistance during an emergency. Although the service is based on an all-hazards approach, it could be useful during a pandemic. The registry is voluntary, free, and based on an application process, and it appears to be a low-cost project that could prove highly beneficial to the community.

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