Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Pandemic Influenza

The emergence of a new influenza A virus for which there is little to no immunity in the human population. Practices included in this category include activities developed in preparedness for an influenza pandemic, as well as practices developed in response to 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1).

Flexible Vaccine Distribution Plan (TN)

During October and November 2009, the Tennessee Department of Health’s Immunization Program partnered with private providers and local public health leadership throughout the state to ensure that a...

Recent public health emergencies in the United States, such as the H1N1 outbreak and Hurricane Katrina, highlighted the important role pharmacists and pharmacies can play in reaching medically at-...

Regional Multidisciplinary Group Develops H1N1 Response Policies to Bridge the Gap between Public Health and Healthcare (OR)

Harmonizing public health and healthcare practices across jurisdictions can be difficult in the best of times and an even more daunting challenge during an emergency. Yet partners in Oregon were...

International Students Participate in Planning Alternative Housing (MI)

Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan, hosts numerous international students and visiting scholars each academic year. International students from more than 130 countries compose...

Meal Pack for Isolated Students (IA)

During the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, the University of Iowa (UI) University Housing developed a program to provide students with nutritious food if they were too ill to leave their on-campus rooms. Ill...

Self-Isolation: The On-Campus Option (IL)

Although the University of Illinois was able to send many H1N1-infected students home to recover with their parents, an on-campus option was needed. Illinois has among the most international students...

Students Developed Housing Plan in Response to H1N1 (IL)

The 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu outbreak forced the University of Chicago to make immediate housing plans after the flu virus was first identified in California and Mexico. So, when H1N1 hit in 2009, two...

New Guidelines and On-Campus Resources Lead to Provision of Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer on Campus (MI)

During the H1N1 pandemic, the University of Michigan developed policies and practices around provision of alcohol-free hand sanitizer. In April 2009, the University of Michigan was planning for its...

Communications With Parents (IL)

Parents were considered an important stakeholder group for communications during the H1N1 response at the University of Illinois. As part of the outreach to parents, Dr. David Lawrance, Medical...

Organizing the Emergency Operations Center (IL)

Although the University of Illinois did not need to stand up its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or Incident Command Post (ICP) for the H1N1 pandemic, the school had a plan in place that would have...

Wales' report contains useful algorithms and protocols for health care workers who will be performing initial triage during a pandemic. Flow charts of care pathways move toward specific clinical...

Three screening algorithms describe initial management of adults and children with suspected pandemic influenza. The flow charts provide criteria for self care at home, supervised outpatient...

Guidelines for the Management of Mass Fatalities During an Influenza Pandemic (Canada)

Guidelines from the Canada Public Health Agency aim to assist local planners and funeral directors in preparing to cope with mass fatalities during an influenza pandemic. The guideline covers mass...

NEMA After-Action Report (Region: WY, NE, CO, KS)

A tabletop exercise tested the ability of four bordering states to communicate with each other and manage a pandemic influenza outbreak before an emergency was officially declared. The exercise...

Mortuary and Medical Approaches to Mass Fatalities (National)

Two White Papers identify key issues that need to be addressed when considering fatality management during an influenza pandemic. Information focuses primarily on morgue operations during a pandemic...

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