This section of the Toolkit provides a comprehensive approach to developing, involving and sustaining local partnerships for I & Q response. The Tools & Samples section offers a significant number of working documents that provide detailed conclusions as well as templates for customization to fit your jurisdiction.
KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
Having the authority for isolation and quarantine to prevent a health risk comes with the responsibility to coordinate and ensure the care of people we force to stay at home or in a community-based location. Even a relatively small isolation and quarantine event would quickly tax the capacity of most Public Health agencies.
Many critical activities of isolation and quarantine response fall outside the realm of Public Health resources and expertise of surveillance and control, and require broad and effective community partnerships. To provide services beyond this scope, we enlisted the support of many partners. Involving community partners adds expertise, breadth and perspective during planning and implementation.
Partnership development can be complex and time intensive but it is one of the most essential components of a quality I & Q response. This section provides a broad look at community partners. Learn more using the Tips for Partnership Development as well as the Tools & Samples section.
The partnerships formed in the planning process do not just benefit Public Health. Participation can help community-based organizations enhance their own preparedness for emergencies in general by prompting them to think ahead about what they would need to do in any type of emergency.
Key steps in partnership development are:
- Conducting a community assessment to identify what organizations and resources already exist with the Identifying Potential Community Partners Worksheet and the Community Partner Assessment Worksheet.
- Assessing the capacity of potential partners with the Community Partner Phone Assessment Script.
- Building relationships with potential partners and maintain these relationships using the guidelines in the Role of Community Partners in I & Q Planning.
- Formalizing relationships with memorandums of agreement or other appropriate tools such as the Community Partner Agreement Template .
Additional considerations for engaging community partners are:
- Partner Recruitment Strategies
- Inclusion of Partners in Planning Sessions
- Inclusion of Partners in Tabletop Exercises
KEY PARTNERS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH-SEATTLE & KING COUNTY
Here are a few names of agencies that Public Health collaborated with in our planning effort; there may be similar agencies in your jurisdictions.
- ARC of Washington State
- Crisis Clinic (2-1-1 provider)
- Hopelink (Service provider to homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities)
- King County Department of Community and Human Services
- Local Emergency Management
- Multiservice Centers