Public Health Practices

Wallow Fire - USDA

Multi-layered communications strategy protects residents in the path of Arizona wildfire

During the 2011 Wallow fire, Apache County Public Health District in Arizona used a significant volunteer force to keep residents informed about the fire's progress and the need to evacuate.

Preparing the way for functional and access needs in general population shelters

An Arizona partnership between public health and independent living advocates helped purchase adaptive and durable medical equipment to support people with functional needs in general population shelters.

Radiological preparedness activities focus on at-risk populations living in proximity to nuclear power plant

An Arizona human services agency developed plans and exercises for emergency evacuations of the elderly, people with disabilities, and children living near a nuclear power plant.

Curriculum for use during school closures supports continuity of education in Arizona

Education and health officials partnered to create a grade-specific 8-week curriculum in language arts and math to be used during school closures.

Child Protective Services preparedness leads to continuity of essential functions during H1N1

The Arizona Department of Economic Security worked to ensure that Child Protective Services' court hearings and hotline services would continue during an emergency.

Tribal executive committee enhances communication, collaboration, and representation during emergency preparedness planning while acknowledging tribal sovereignty

An executive body representing Arizona's 21 tribes established an emergency decision-making process that gave local areas a greater voice in state policies.

Use of H1N1 funding to contract with advocacy groups and CBOs

Arizona's Maricopa County expanded existing outreach activities to get key messages about influenza to hard-to-reach communities.

H1N1 vaccination clinics for state employees (AR, AZ, IN, UT)

Four states developed creative ways to hold H1N1 vaccination clinics specifically for state employees.

Movie theater sign

Movie theaters helped spread public health messages (AZ, CA, NC, PA, VA)

Five states worked with movie theaters to distribute H1N1 awareness messages before the film.

K-12 School Closure Guidance

Two years before the emergence of novel H1N1 virus, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) formed a unique partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to collaborate on pandemic influenza preparedness efforts.

Risk-based vaccine allocation for American Indian population

The Arizona Department of Health Services allocated 10% of H1N1 vaccine and preparedness funding to tribal healthcare providers in response to large numbers of hospitalizations and deaths among American Indians.

Guide helps communities learn about pandemic flu

A community handbook discusses how families and individuals can stay safe during an influenza outbreak.

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