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Preparedness Brief
Leading the Way to Prepared and Resilient Communities
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APC Program and Quality Improvement
APC Program and Quality Improvement: A Brief Overview
APC Regional Workshop Tour Recap
Marketing the MRC
Creative and Strategic Outreach Opportunities for the MRC
Transit Rail Preparedness
Personal Preparedness and Transit Rail Preparedness
PHEP Capabilities
PHEP and PPHR: Making Sense of Alphabet Soup
Kansas City Health Department Receives Model Practice Awards for Closed Federal PODs
Closed PODs for the Federal Workforce—A Collaborative Practice
SNS STOCKBOX
SNS STOCKbox is Looking for a Few Good Tools!
Social Media
Social Media for Preparedness and Response
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
Nurse Triage Line
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps
No News Wasn't Good News
Report Released—Review of Pandemic Influenza Community Mitigation Strategies
Refugee Health from the Local Health Department Perspective
2010 National Profile Report Is Now Available
Tools and Resources
Doxycycline Emergency Use Authorization
Release of the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed Set
Hurricane Resources for Your Community
New Technical Assistance Review Tool for State and Local Health Department
CDC TRAIN
Public Health Preparedness: 2011 State-by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning
Emergency Response and Multnomah County's "Just-in-Time Training" Toolkit
Upcoming Events
Register Today for the 2012 PHP Summit
Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
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APC Program and Quality Improvement
APC Program and Quality Improvement: A Brief Overview
Anne Drabczyk, Ph.D., Program Director, NACCHO APC Program; Paul Epstein, Principal, Epstein and Fass Associates; Martha Marshall, Senior Associate Consultant, Epstein and Fass Associates

Each day, local health departments (LHDs) work on the front lines to combat public health threats in their communities such as disasters and other public health all-hazards. This article explores the positive influence of a quality improvement (QI) initiative to enhance public health workforce capabilities through product and process evaluation that captures the feedback of end-users. Read more

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APC Regional Workshop Tour Recap
Resham Patel, MPH, Senior Analyst at NACCHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials' (NACCHO) Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Program is comprised of a network of eight local health departments (LHDs) that have been identified as innovative leaders in public health preparedness. The APCs are focused on developing, evaluating, and promoting products and resources that other field practitioners can use to meet the public health preparedness challenges their organization or community may face. Read more

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Marketing the MRC
Creative and Strategic Outreach Opportunities for the MRC
Debra Robinson, Director, Medical Reserve Program at NACCHO

Strategic outreach and marketing are two ongoing struggles for the average Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit. Many opportunities are available to increase awareness through strategic outreach and marketing, but just requires some creativity. One recent initiative is the release of the Warner Brothers movie, Contagion. The plot of the movie is based on a fictional infectious disease that quickly spreads worldwide. While we need to remember this is cinema, it is still consistent with biological threats the U.S. could face in such a situation. Even more importantly, the movie provides a chance for MRC units to work with local theaters to share information about who they are and the volunteer opportunities available. This is a great example of the creative outreach and marketing efforts that can be undertaken with little effort or investment. Read more

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Transit Rail Preparedness
Personal Preparedness and Transit Rail Preparedness
Debra Robinson, Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program at NACCHO

September is National Preparedness Month and recent history has shown us that preparedness is a 24-hour, seven days a week commitment. Wildfires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, and active shooters in the U.S. have all served as recent reminders that far too many people remain unprepared. Whether at home, work, or in transit, you need to undertake some basic preparations. We have all heard of the three basic steps— get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. Surprisingly enough, few people take the time to think about what those three steps really mean in their daily lives, especially while using public transportation. Although it requires a great deal of thought to be prepared with the busy schedules we keep, it is important to include preparedness in your planning activities. Many people live in and around urban areas where public transportation is their primary mode of transportation. Trains and buses move millions of people to and from work, school, and leisure activities. If you travel using public modes of transportation, have you considered what preparedness preparations exist or what supplies are needed in order to be prepared for an emergency while using public transit? Read more

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PHEP Capabilities
PHEP and PPHR: Making Sense of Alphabet Soup
Scott Fisher, MPH, Director, Preparedness at NACCHO and Resham Patel, MPH, Senior Analyst at NACCHO
With increased budget constraints and limited resources directed toward public health preparedness, the demands on local health departments (LHDs) to meet mandatory and voluntary requirements may seem more daunting than ever before.  At the same time, there is increased pressure to demonstrate overall agency capacity and public health preparedness capability. While both capacity and capability remain imperative to overall success, there has been an intentional shift from the focus on the former to the latter. Instead of simply counting the number of staff or points of dispensing locations, there is now an increased emphasis on assessing an agency’s ability to respond. Read more
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Kansas City Health Department Receives Model Practice Awards for Closed Federal PODs
Closed PODs for the Federal Workforce—A Collaborative Practice
Jo Ellen Warner, Senior Analyst, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

NACCHO’s Model Practice Program honors and recognizes outstanding local health practices  nationwide and promotes these practices among local health departments (LHDs).  In 2011, the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department (KCHD) received a Model Practice Award for its comprehensive and effective approach to successfully establishing closed federal points of dispensing (PODs) among 30 federal agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Read more

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SNS STOCKBOX
SNS STOCKbox is Looking for a Few Good Tools!

NACCHO’s STOCKbox, a toolbox devoted to SNS-related tools and resources, is currently looking for new material. If you have a Plan or tool that has been recently developed (or updated), please consider uploading it to the STOCKbox so other local health departments can benefit from your ideas. Read more

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Social Media
Social Media for Preparedness and Response
Does your health department use social media or some other technology during an emergency? Do you “Tweet” the location and availability of influenza vaccine to your community members? Post personal preparedness “podcasts” on your LHD or county/city website? If so, NACCHO wants to hear about it! Read more
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Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
Nurse Triage Line
The NACCHO Nurse Triage Line (NTL) Project is a joint effort of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to explore a new model for providing antiviral medications to lessen the burden on local public health and health care resources in an influenza pandemic. Read more
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News, Reports, and Journal Articles
A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps

NACCHO has created the fact sheet, "A Brief History of the Medical Reserve Corps," which describes how after the life-altering events of 9/11, the volunteer physicians of the Stuyvesant Triage Center, recognized the need for an organized group of medical volunteers who would be trained and prepared to provide supplemental medical and public health support in response to emergency operations in New York City. Read more

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No News Wasn't Good News
Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC, Senior Advisor & Chief of Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

"It is hard to believe that 10 years have gone by since September 11, 2001. In my memory, it feels like yesterday because I can recall the events vividly. That day and the work I did in the days, weeks and months afterward shaped my life in many ways....When you think about public health and responses to natural or manmade tragedies, you think about the physical destruction these events leave on communities. However, the mental health impact from disasters is also incredibly important to consider...What I wasn’t ready for was how the events of September 11th would transform my own understanding of terrorism as well as those of most everyone in our country." Read more

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Report Released—Review of Pandemic Influenza Community Mitigation Strategies
NACCHO is pleased to announce the recent release of the report entitled Review of Pandemic Influenza Community Mitigation Strategies. This report was collaboratively developed with the University of Pittsburgh through financial support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and presents the key research findings and recommendations from a study to identify NPI use and perceived effectiveness by LHDs during the 2009–2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Read more
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Refugee Health from the Local Health Department Perspective
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has prepared this issue brief to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) and local health departments (LHDs) an overview of the status of refugee health programs at the LHD level. Read more
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2010 National Profile Report Is Now Available
NACCHO is pleased to announce the availability of the 2010 National Profile of Local Health Departments report, which includes an in-depth section on emergency preparedness. LHDs and researchers can use this report as a resource to assess and develop programs, prepare proposals and policy recommendations, write independent reports, draw comparisons between LHDs, and illustrate diverse approaches to local public health. Read more
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Tools and Resources
Doxycycline Emergency Use Authorization

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided this Emergency Use Authorization for the use of Doxycycline for post exposure prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax. Read more

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Release of the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed Set
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and federal partners released the Food Related Emergency Exercise Boxed (FREE-B) set, a collection of scenarios that will help government regulators, public health organizations, and industry partners (stakeholders) test their readiness for food emergencies. The FREE-B is available online. Read more
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Hurricane Resources for Your Community

Access tools and resources that LHDs and communities can use to manage the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Read more

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New Technical Assistance Review Tool for State and Local Health Department

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) announced in August 2011 a new technical assistance review (TAR) tool form in alignment with the start of the public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) performance cycle. Read more

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CDC TRAIN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the most recent addition to the CDC Learning Connection (www.cdc.gov/learning), CDC TRAIN, a component of the nation’s most comprehensive public health learning management system (LMS).  CDC TRAIN is an affiliate of the Public Health Foundation’s (PHF) Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN). Through partnership with PHF, the CDC Learning Connection provides access to a searchable catalog of more than 22,000 computer-based learning products contributed by CDC and partners. Read more

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Public Health Preparedness: 2011 State-by-State Update on Laboratory Capabilities and Response Readiness Planning
This report highlights preparedness progress and trends; features national-level data and individual fact sheets for the 50 states and four localities supported by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement. Read more
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Emergency Response and Multnomah County's "Just-in-Time Training" Toolkit

Learn more about the toolkit designed to be adaptable to the changing environment of an emergency response—"Just-in-Time Training" from the Multnomah County APC. Read more

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Upcoming Events
Register Today for the 2012 PHP Summit

The 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit will focus on how to move forward in an environment of limited resources. Public health professionals and our partners from across the nation will present new research, new tools, and new practices to build and sustain a progressive public health preparedness infrastructure at the local, state, tribal, and territorial levels. Join your colleagues at next year's Summit and take the opportunity to regroup, refocus, and refresh your approach to public health preparedness! Read more

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Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
The 2012 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit is sponsored by the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services (HHS). This training summit brings together HHS partners including the National Disaster Medical System  (NDMS), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP),  and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). The Integrated Training Summit is co-sponsored by the Chesapeake Health Education  Program, Inc (CHEP).
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This publication was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number H75TP000309-02 and 5 U38 HM000449-04 from CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. Read more



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