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Prepare for medical surge by engaging community pharmacies/pharmacists with preparedness efforts.

Federal, state, and local governments must reach out to pharmacists to ensure that they are included in policy decisions and emergency planning, and to seek their input on the pharmaceutical needs of vulnerable populations. Rx4Prep is an interactive, educational website to help local health departments obtain information about collaborating with pharmacies and connect with other users.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Alternative care sites, shelters, and points of dispensing (PODs) require a specific number and type of facility depending upon the public health scenario and the number of persons affected.

The Alternative Care Site Planning Model is intended to help public health officials evaluate the resources required to staff and equip alternative care sites in multiple emergency scenarios.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Foster relationships with community partners and incorporate volunteers into local preparedness and response.

This toolkit was developed to help hospitals and public health agencies integrate volunteer support into hospital inpatient, emergency department, and incident response operations through deployment of just-in-time training (JITT) and exercise curricula.

Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Avoid congestion, crowding, and confusion by quickly creating an accurate model that will provide assistance with planning for a public health vaccination or dispensing clinic.

This tool can be used either in the advance planning stages or for immediate support during an actual event. The computer model is designed to assist in planning a clinic with improved efficiency and performance while enlightening the planners on what to expect in the event of an outbreak.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Closed POD Partnerships: Train the Trainer website is designed for businesses, faith-based and community-based organizations, higher education institutions (colleges and universities) and federal agencies that are interested in partnering with their local health department as closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) for mass dispensing of antibiotics to employees, family members and/or clients in the event of a large scale infectious disease emergency.

This resource includes self-guided online training modules, forms, templates, fact sheets, planning resources, checklists, and information useful for staff setting up and working a closed POD.

San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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This toolkit is intended to serve as a resource to help you develop a plan for family assistance services that can be applied to all hazards. It contains four sections related to developing a Family Assistance Center (FAC) plan: Prepare to Plan, Components of Plan, Role of Federal Partners, and Training Resources.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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This module provides an engaging educational experience that simulates field-based decisions related to environmental health issues for two scenarios: a major flood and a chemical spill caused by a train derailment.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Mesa County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Discover the process for utilizing pharmacies as medication dispensing and vaccination sites during emergencies by building effective partnerships between local health departments and community pharmacists.

This toolkit contains four sections related to Developing Effective and Sustainable Medication Dispensing Strategies: Background, Planning, Activation & Operation, and Policy & Legal. A user guide and table top exercise are also available on the website.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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For this training module, environmental health professionals from around the country shared how they dealt with actual disasters and emergencies. Their real-world stories – through which they share valuable tips, techniques, and lessons learned – will guide you through the preparation, response, and recovery stages of emergencies and disasters.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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During a public health emergency, time, accuracy, and data collection are essential in medical clinics. One way to improve results is through the use of an electronic medical screening tool.

eMedCheck, an ongoing project with the University of Maryland, is a medical screening tool used on iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, or Palm PDA. Two medical screening tools have been developed: one for a Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) anthrax scenario and a second for a hepatitis A outbreak.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This web-based training course focuses on the role of environmental health professionals in emergency preparedness.

Divided into two modules, “Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals” and “Putting Principles into Practice,” this course addresses basic environmental health concepts important to front-line staff with years of experience as well as those new to the field.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center, revised by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Advanced Practice Center
 

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Effective communication with the public during an emergency is vital to protect the community's health. This module provides an overview of how to plan for an emergency, create effective messages, and interact with the media and community in times of crisis.

Seattle-King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This compendium highlights information on environmental health issues likely to be faced during emergencies and is organized around the major functional areas of environmental health.

Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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Designed for use with the Food Safety & Security Self-Audit Checklist, this picture guide and poster set—English and Spanish—clarifies best practices for comprehensive food protection that includes food security and emergency preparedness. This resource is useful for staff training and in situations where literacy or language barriers exist.
Twin Cities Metro Advanced Practice Center
 
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Develop or enhance existing resources and partnerships to increase call center capacity and improve the effectiveness of phone-based emergency communications with the public. This toolkit was developed with a focus on rural and suburban settings.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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The IDER Toolkit is for local health department staff and others involved in planning and preparing for infectious disease emergencies. The toolkit integrates key elements of communicable disease control and prevention with emergency management principles, and provides a customizable, ready-to-go infectious disease emergency response plan via a variety of functional forms and templates.

San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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In the absence of rapid and definitive diagnostic tests, vaccines, or cures, isolation and quarantine remain public health's best strategy against the spread of communicable diseases. These strategies were historically used for the large-scale epidemics of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, but more recently as an individual strategy that is carried out in a quiet, small-scale manner, out of public view.

Recent events and concern about the deliberate release of biological agents such as plague and anthrax or the spread of emerging diseases such as pandemic influenza and SARS have changed the context of public health preparedness. Proactively planning for and managing the implementation of a large-scale isolation and quarantine has once again become part of public health's fundamental responsibility.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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The Managing Surge Response and Public Health Workforce Activation Toolkit provides knowledge, information and tools developed by the Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center in preparing its own surge response and Public Health Workforce Activation response plans.

The toolkit is designed as a guide, not a substitute, for the collaborative planning process that each health jurisdiction must undertake. The planning process, embedded in your local context, is necessary to develop a plan. Your team may add or eliminate sections of the process that will best fit the planning needs of your jurisdiction. The purpose of the toolkit is to help your jurisdiction save time during your planning process by suggesting a planning framework.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This train-the-trainer toolkit provides refresher and just-in-time training in triage methods for public health and healthcare providers responding to mass casualty incidents involving hazardous agents.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Master the Disaster!LIVE (MTD!/LIVE) is an online, web-based tool that will run on any computer platform (Windows, Linux, or Mac) that offers a simplified, step-by-step process for creating your own customized tabletop exercise (TTX) slide presentation for several chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) and natural disaster scenarios.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 

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Every community is made up of diverse groups of residents with varied and sometimes complex everyday needs. Is your community prepared to handle those needs so that no resident is left behind? Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations: Equity in Emergency Preparedness is a web toolkit that will help you organize, communicate and connect with your community.

Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 
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The goal of the research project between the University of Maryland and Montgomery APC is to create mathematical and simulation models of mass dispensing and vaccination clinics (also known as points of dispensing or PODs) and to develop decision support tools to help emergency preparedness planners plan for clinics and other events. As part of the project we will develop a series of training modules on the topic of using computer planning models for public health preparedness. Module I is the first in a series of training videos discussing public health planning models.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This online training module serves as a companion to our APC white paper on Inclusive Just-in-Time training as well as a primer for LHD leaders and administrators in understanding the model of I-JITT and how it can be adopted, adapted, and tailored in their organization. Learning Objectives By the end of this training, the learner should be able to: Define Inclusive Just-In-Time Training (JITT) Describe how to apply Inclusive JITT in a public health response Explain the importance of incorporating Inclusive JITT into ongoing organizational training and preparedness efforts Describe how to adopt Inclusive JITT at the local level The online module uses the example of Susan, a health administrator, and the type of training she received during a mass vaccination event. Additionally, through the use of video, the module reinforces the learnings and provides examples to illustrate visually, the concepts within. Contained within the course are knowledge checks and interactive activities intended to stimulate the learners in applying the content in the module.
Multnomah County Advanced Practice Center
 
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The Pandemic Readiness and Response Toolkit was developed to empower communities to initiate a proper, measured response before an actual outbreak strikes the community. The Pandemic Readiness and Response toolkit was successfully used during the 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and regional partners. About The Toolkit: The Pandemic Readiness and Response toolkit provides: Sample Transitional Medical Model templates for the following jurisdictions - urban county, suburban county, rural county with a hospital, and rural county without a hospital. Also included are resources to develop tabletop and functional exercises that automatically create customized materials, specific to your jurisdiction. These resources will provide an agency with cost efficient, adaptable exercises they can use in preparing and exercising their Pandemic plan. This toolkit has been designed to support NACCHO’s Project Public Health Ready goals.
Toledo-Lucas County Advanced Practice Center
 
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Risk Communicating Resources for Rural Areas is a toolkit to help rural public health clinics communicate their message to the community during an emergency or disaster. The goal of this tool is to put comprehensive, accessible, and ready-to-use materials in the hands of local health departments. The tool contains information on the following topics: Communicating during a natural event Communicating during a biological event Communicating during a chemical event Communicating during a radiological event Communicating during a mass vaccination/medical event How to have a Joint Information Center in your community Non-traditional ways to communicate
Ware County Board of Health -- APC Mini Site
 
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The SPIVA Toolkit is for local health department staff and others involved in planning and implementing seasonal and pandemic influenza campaigns. The toolkit promotes community assessment as an emergency preparedness tool. Examples in the toolkit illustrate three data collection methods: key informant interviews, focus groups, and surveys. There are sections on identifying and engaging target populations and putting community assessment data to use. The toolkit includes a 7-step method to plan, implement, and manage surveys and discussion on using online tools. By using this product, staff members will be trained in practical survey and assessment techniques applicable to various public health functions. Expected outcomes are: to improve mass vaccination planning and coordination with private providers, community-based organizations, and other key public health partners; and increase staff awareness of local health conditions and potential gaps in public health preparedness to inform future preparedness planning. Onsite evaluation of this product by LHDs is pending.
San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
 

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This tool focuses on infection control measures clinics and office settings can take to prevent the spread of germs, including influenza. It was developed to engage the medical community in pandemic flu preparedness. It has been reviewed by infection control professionals as well as those who work in offices and medical clinics. It includes office and clinic information, patient education materials and an audio slide presentation on infection control measures. It is available in CD-ROM format and materials are customizable for your local health department.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This Toolkit can be used as a guide to support the development of a healthcare coalition, or as a topic-specific reference to complement existing health response planning in a community. It is designed as a framework, not a substitute, for the collaborative planning process that each health jurisdiction must undertake. This Toolkit provides a planning framework, tools and templates.
Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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This toolkit contains ten sections related to continuity planning, including: Prioritizing Services, Line of Succession, Delegation of Authority, Mission Critical Staff, Mission Critical Vendors, Contingency Planning, COOP Exercise Planning, ICS Integration, Resource Management and Status Reporting Outcome Objectives: • Advance BC planning in areas of essential function identification, order of succession, vital resource management, human capital management and emergency operations center management • Enhance leadership decision-making regarding allocation of resources across continuity and response operations • Integrate continuity of operations into incident command
Seattle & King County Advanced Practice Center
 

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The Syndromic Surveillance for Epidemiological Investigation - Response Protocols for Disease Detection guides the target audience of both public heath and hospital workers in the understanding and development of response protocols to surveillance alerts. Content is a Web-based course that introduces the concept of response protocols and guides users on developing and using response protocols through a series of modules. A learning self-assessment is provided in the form of interactive scenarios prompting response to questions and providing answers with explanation. The product's content was tested at the 2009 Public Health Preparedness Summit through classroom didactic and evaluation forms. The requirements were vetted through CDC BioSense and local health department epidemiology reviews.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
 
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The Urban to Rural Evacuation Tool, developed by NORC and the Pennsylvania State University's Center for Environmental Informatics (PSU-CEI), is an online map-based tool that estimates numbers of evacuees expected to arrive in counties surrounding major U.S. cities in the event of a dirty bomb, pandemic flu or chemical incident. Users of the tool select a city of interest; a zoom-in map displays the counties surrounding the city that are within a 150-mile radius. Users can choose to explore the resources these counties offer (e.g. pharmacies, gas stations, hospitals, etc.) or to model one of the three scenarios. When a scenario is modeled, the tool displays the percent change in population that each county experiences, the percent of the county's total increased population that are evacuees, and the actual number of evacuees arriving in each of the counties.
Western New York Public Health Alliance Advanced Practice Center
 

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Using ESSENCE IV — A Self-Paced Training Course is a CD-ROM training tool that provides interactive guidance to public health and healthcare providers in the understanding and use of surveillance software system, Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics or ESSENCE. It contains an objectives-based learning assessment that will introduce the software and highlight its values and applications through a series of modules: Module 1 describes the purpose of the software and its importance as a syndromic surveillance system; Module 2 navigates users through the application and learn the various functions of each page; Module 3 educates the user on the various statistical functions and algorithms employed in the system; Module 4 explores the use of alerts and queries in daily surveillance; and Module 5 applies the user's training to the investigation of “real-life” public health scenarios. The training tool incorporates the guidance and expertise provided by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in the development of this product.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center