Public Health Practices

Program for veterans with dementia increases disaster preparedness in home-based care setting

A multidisciplinary group developed a disaster preparedness program for veterans with dementia and their caregivers.

Toolkit adapts infectious disease emergency response plan for local health departments

San Francisco created a toolkit that incorporated guidance and templates local health agencies can use to create an infectious disease response plan.

Parochial Armenian schools develop and implement an earthquake preparedness program

Four Armenian schools in the Los Angeles area created earthquake response training and held exercises with students in grades 1-8.

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Toolkit helps agencies assess flu vaccine beliefs and behaviors, educate public, and tailor services

The San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center developed a toolkit to help health agencies conduct annual community assessments related to flu vaccine beliefs and behaviors.

Online mapping site allows residents to search and prepare for local natural hazards

The "My Hazards" Web site empowers California residents to search and plan for natural hazards specific to their locality.

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Summer heat illness fact sheets in 12 languages help reach limited-English proficient populations

California’s downloadable fact sheet on preventing and treating heat illness is available in Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Farmworker preparedness during San Diego wildfires

A California coalition integrated community health workers into Incident Command Structure to help prepare farmworkers for wildfires.

Disaster planning in San Francisco’s Chinatown trains, empowers community members as responders during first 72 hours

A San Francisco coalition developed ways to communicate person-to-person in Chinatown during an emergency.

H1N1 Strategic Outreach Campaign

The Kern County Public Health Services (KCPHS) launched a prevention campaign in June 2009 to "minimize confusion, misinformation and potential hysteria" about H1N1 pandemic flu. The county designed a new policy that positioned public health services as the resident expert for all things related to H1N1. The campaign was divided into two phases: broad outreach and targeted outreach. Each presentation was customized according to the audience being targeted.

Public health and faith-based organizations partner to offer food and vaccine to the homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Several counties partnered with faith-based organizations to offer H1N1 vaccine, food, and warm clothing to homeless people.

Dark site stores emergency communications until crisis occurs

Santa Clara County created a toolkit for developing a “dark site” - a non-visible site that can be activated during a disaster.

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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.

Home Care Guide: Providing Care at Home During Pandemic Flu

The Home Care Guide provides the public with a comprehensive description of how to care for sick family members at home during a pandemic. It includes lists of emergency supplies, guidelines on how to limit the spread of disease at home, instructions on how to take care of sick household members safely and effectively and basic information about pandemic flu. This guide was created prior to the emergence of novel H1N1 flu virus in 2009.

Agency emergency plan - COOP planning for CBOs

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD) created an emergency planning guide for community-based organizations that describes staff preparedness and outreach to clientele.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Schools

Note: Several materials on this site were not reviewed for Promising Practices because they were beyond the scope of the project or were not publicly available. This review applies only to materials specifically mentioned.

"When Words are Not Enough" communications training program for responders

A manual, communications booklet, and poster teach disaster responders simple ways to communicate with people who have disabilities.

Mass Fatality Incident Management: Guidance for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Entities

Los Angeles County's mass fatality guidance provides detailed tools and recommendations that may assist hospitals and the offices of Medical Examiners and Coroners during an emergency. The guidance provides checklists for planning, staffing a fatalities management unit, and morgue surge.

FBO/CBO outreach and coordination

A campaign to integrate community-based organizations (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) into pandemic preparedness considers the ways in which these organizations have the ability to assist a large number and diversity of people. The campaign has two purposes: 1) to identify clients or members who are served by community organizations and may need special assistance during a pandemic; and 2) to assist organizations as they create emergency call-down procedures.

Congregation Emergency Plan

The Congregational Emergency Plan is an all-hazards workbook and guide to helping congregations of all faiths prepare for a major emergency. The guide directs congregations through the emergency planning process by outlining needs, developing a communications plan, establishing a service continuity plan, suggesting ways to collaborate with the community, providing an overview of the Incident Command System, listing items in a Go-Kit, and mapping key community resources.

WHACK the Flu

WHACK the Flu is a community education plan designed to teach K-3 school children about improved hand hygiene habits in anticipation of the flu season. University volunteers are recruited and trained to conduct 15-minute classroom skit presentations, each of which requires three volunteers to perform. Incentives are distributed (i.e., stickers, activity sheets) to the children and posters/evaluation forms to the teachers.

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