Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

Reflections on NACCHO annual meeting 2011

NACCHO model practices

In today’s fiscal climate, it is essential for local public health departments to share best practices to help us all weather the seemingly relentless pressure to do more with less. Many innovative and effective practices were shared at the model practices reception held during NACCHO’s 2011 annual meeting. From new models (or new twists on tried and true models) of medical countermeasure distribution, to public health informatics, to healthcare surge planning, to disease surveillance, several of this year’s recognized practices have the potential to save time, improve outcomes, and break through process logjams in the area of public health preparedness planning. Thank you to the health departments who took the time to document their successful strategies and outcomes, and who came to Hartford to talk to us about what is working and why.

To a first time attendee, the collegial and supportive atmosphere at the NACCHO annual meeting is electrifying. Approach a fellow attendee to inquire about their work, and you’ll find yourself scribbling down a notebook full of helpful tips and resources as you grow excited imagining how to put their ideas into practice in your jurisdiction. Invariably, each interview concludes with a referral to another attendee doing exemplary work in the area you’re discussing. In this manner, initiating a single conversation can generate an exponential number of new ideas.

Public Health – Seattle & King County was recognized through the model practices program in 2010 for our public engagement toolkit, also known as our Vulnerable Populations Equity in Emergency Response toolkit, for the many best practices, and guidelines it includes. We’re already thinking about the innovative practices we can submit for consideration next year. Are you? Whether public health funding continues to contract, or finally starts to grow again, let’s continue to blatantly rip off each other’s good ideas. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

For more information on NACCHO model practice awards follow this link.

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