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

At Risk Populations

Populations and individuals most at risk of severe consequences from a disaster, due to societal, economic, and health-related factors.

Using the Online Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response to Enhance the Quality of Care for Diverse Populations (OMH)

Recent tragedies such as the Haiti earthquake, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and September 11th have demonstrated that minorities suffer disproportionately during all stages of a disaster....

Adapting the Healthy Development Measurement Tool to Post-Disaster Planning Initiatives (TX)

Hurricane Ike damaged or destroyed 70% of Galveston, Texas’ residential and commercial buildings when it struck the barrier island in September 2008. Pre-storm poverty levels and poor health and...

The Family Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities (FL)

The Family Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities was created by two Florida agencies to assist families in preparing for a variety of emergencies. The guide provides general instructions...

In 2009, the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) identified a need to simultaneously treat multiple stable fire and inhalation victims who require oxygen, whether due to a previous medical condition or as...

Using a Multi-prong, Multi-partner Approach to Address Emerging Language Needs After a Disaster (LA)

The Vietnamese and Latino communities have been well-established in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Vietnamese began coming to New Orleans in the mid-1970s, starting their own restaurants, stores, and...

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...

Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities (National)

The Disaster Readiness Tips highlight a broad overview of preparedness for people with different functional needs. The brochures emphasize the importance of identifying needs and resources and...

Emergency Preparedness Guide for Dialysis Patients (Region: NJ, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands)

The Emergency Preparedness Guide offers helpful emergency preparedness recommendations for individuals who require ongoing dialysis. Specifically, the guide discusses how to function during an...

Women and Infants Service Package (WISP) (National)

The Women and Infants Service Package (WISP) was developed in 2007 by the National Working Group for Women and Infant Needs in Emergencies in the United States. It addresses the rationale, goals, and...

New Approach to Translation Helps Minnesota Respond to H1N1 (MN)

The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic prompted the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to design an innovative process to help planners determine which languages to translate and how many resources to...

Use of H1N1 Funding to Contract with Advocacy Groups and CBOs (AZ)

Health department emergency response planners in Maricopa County, Arizona, were successful in expanding their existing outreach activities to get key messages about pandemic influenza to hard-to-...

The Virginia Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response program partnered with six state agencies and West Virginia University to deliver a key training program via videoconference....

Public Health and Faith-based Organizations Partner to Offer Food and Vaccine to the Homeless (SC, CA, FL)

Local health departments in South Carolina, Florida, and California partnered with area shelters to bring vaccine to homeless and low-income residents. Although homeless people were not explicitly...

Outreach Initiatives Aim To Reduce H1N1 Disparities (MA)

The Massachusetts State Department of Public Health is dedicating over $1 million in funding to enable community-based organizations (CBOs), such as community health centers, to perform outreach to...

H1N1 Outreach to Multicultural Communities (OH)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) conducted multicultural outreach to a wide range of communities just as their H1N1 vaccination campaign was underway. Health department planners used research on...

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