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Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation is the ability to create, maintain, support, and strengthen routine surveillance and detection systems and epidemiological investigation processes, as well as to expand these systems and processes in response to incidents of public health significance.
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Building a Public Health Community of Practice – A Biosurveillance Resource Compendium is a CD toolkit intended to help public health agencies implement an effective, comprehensive biosurveillance program.

Providing approximately 40 resources, the CD includes a series of articles on implementing biosurveillance initiatives, materials defining and discussing the development of a public health community of practice, specific examples of real-world tools and resources that have proven beneficial in North Texas (including system response protocols), and a research report on biosurveillance system efficacy.

Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
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Tabletop exercises are one of the strategies that the public health workforce can use to convene and engage their community partners. This resource provides state and local public health entities with information and guidance on the key ingredients to consider when developing and facilitating a bioterrorism tabletop exercise.

Dekalb County Board of Health Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area 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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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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This toolkit contains two tutorials: Just-in-Time Trainings for Managing Disease Outbreak Information and Simple Steps to Create a Health Assessment.

Cambridge Advanced Practice Center, revised by the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center
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Inclusive Just-in-Time Training (I-JITT) for Public Health Investigations is a comprehensive and systematic toolkit designed to support individuals leading and responding to a public health emergency. Its approach to training is aligned with best practice from the field of adult learning theory.

The toolkit consists of five components: Implementation Instructions for the Preparedness Planner, an Operational Briefing Checklist for the Epidemiology/Surveillance Group Supervisor, a Field Training Guide for Team Leaders (complete with Job Action Sheets), a “Go-Guide” job aide for surge responders to utilize during an incident, and a short evaluation form to evaluate the I-JITT approach.

Multnomah 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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Intended for use by local health departments (LHDs) as part of a multi-sector effort to coordinate planning for and response to a pandemic influenza outbreak, the 60-page guide offers the following: An overview of key issues that should be considered for inclusion in a local jurisdiction's pandemic influenza plan. An examination within each issue area of questions that should be asked, ideas on where to find information that may be needed, and partners that could be consulted to address those topics within the plan. Examples of ways in which other jurisdictions have addressed the topics described in the guide. Links to information that can be used to further investigate the topics or resources that can be used to customize tools for individual jurisdictions. At the core of this guide are plans developed by departments that host two of NACCHO's Advanced Practice Centera, cutting-edge learning laboratories that develop and test tools that help other LHDs tackle all-hazards preparedness. Santa Clara County, California and Seattle-King County, Washington, have both produced notably comprehensive, but very different, plans addressing pandemic influenza that serve as the foundation of this document's findings.
Santa Clara County Advanced Practice Center
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This tip sheet is designed for epidemiologists, disease control and emergency preparedness directors, and information technology professionals. It highlights the importance of disease surveillance and the need for the right tools to help assess data accurately and in a timely manner.

Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center
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The Pictographic Product Recalls CD is designed for use by local health department staff. The CD, used together with an FDA announcement of a product recall, enables local health staff to create product recall materials for distribution in their communities. The CD includes a Guide to Creating pictographic recall alerts, as well as template announcements for use with undeclared ingredients, foreign materials and product contamination announcements and a selection of 26 pictograms for inclusion in the recall notices. With these materials, a local health official can produce a functional product recall notice in 30 minutes or less.
Cambridge Advanced Practice Center

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This tip sheet highlights essential tasks in being prepared for outbreak investigations including the advance preparation of epidemiological questionnaires and other data collection resources.
Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center

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This guide offers insight to help local public health departments develop a Web-based portal using open source software to facilitate health information exchange between the local health department and schools and childcare facilities.
Tarrant County Advanced Practice Center
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This tool guides an experienced Local Health Department (LHD) administrator or Incident Commander (IC) through decision-making processes to allocate staff between two major types of public health operations both in advance of, and during, a public health emergency. Disease investigation (surveillance, investigation, contact tracing, and case management) due to a naturally occurring disease, food-borne outbreak, or bioterrorist event Mass prophylaxis (using medicines or vaccines to mitigate disease) While the tool applies to any incident calling for both disease investigation and prophylaxis operations, it is aimed at larger scale emergency operations requiring rapid decision-making to obtain and allocate surge staff resources—decisions that may have to be justified to and approved by authorities within, or outside of, the LHD. This tool is comprised of three distinct worksheets: Decision points in a flow diagram representing various points in disease investigation and mass prophylaxis operations Response questions for decision-makers to consider when collecting information to make decisions Staffing needs based on plans, the scenario, and specific decisions Although intended for disease investigation and mass prophylaxis operations, this tool operates within a greater public health context that may involve other interventions (e.g., isolation & quarantine, social distancing, and risk communication). This tool organizes complex information into simpler categories that will help determine resource needs based on the local situation, operational objectives, plans, and partnerships. For example: Tested plans that will achieve operational objectives. Risk communication plans to make the public an informed partner able to adhere to public health recommendations or requirements. Partner organizations that provide staffing resources to LHD operations, or that independently conduct operations. The tool includes a example emergency scenario to illustrate the proper use of the tool and a related public health decision-making pathway.
Multnomah 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