Advanced Practice Toolkits for Emergency Preparedness

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New resources for medical countermeasure planners. CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile hosts SNS SharePoint LIVE Chat on 3/15/12. The Six Most Memorable SNS Lessons You Will Ever Learn. NACCHO APC Tools for medical countermeasure planning.

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Now featuring a tool from Tarrant County (TX) Introduction to Public Health 101 for First Responders

The Introduction to Public Health 101 for First Responders tool is a CD toolkit developed in 2009.  This training tool introduces Tarrant County police and fire/EMS cadets to the principles of public health, with particular emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of public health during an emergency.

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The APC Program Needs Your Input!

** The survey is now closed! However there are still additional opportunities to earn travel scholarships for our regional workshop series. Please see the link below for further details!

You are invited to complete the APC survey. To show our thanks, survey respondents can enter for a chance to win one of five travel scholarships (up to $1,400) to a 2011 APC Regional Workshop. One winner will be randomly selected per 100 respondents, up to the first 500 respondents, for a total of five (5) $1,400 travel scholarship winners. 

Read more about the APC Regional Workshops here.

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Beyond Funny Pages and Superheroes: Comics for Preparedness Education

As the staff here at the Public Health Seattle and King County Advanced Practice Center continue to create innovative and cutting edge preparedness tools addressing a wide variety of topics ranging from business continuity to family assistance center planning it is gratifying to hear how other health departments around the county are utilizing the products created here in King County. This month the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has featured the preparedness comic book No Ordinary Flu in their state wide newsletter. The full article and newsletter can be downloaded here. In a time of ever decreasing staffing and resources, and the increasing need for preparedness planning expertise across the public health spectrum, the spirit of collaboration across the national APC program continues to motivate and inspire us to address the needs of our community and lean forward as a national leader in the public health preparedness planning field.

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NACCHO Annual Preview


Next Wednesday, local health department representatives from all over the country will be descending on Memphis for NACCHO’s yearly reunion—NACCHO Annual 2010. NACCHO members meet regularly throughout the year—but this is NACCHO’s largest gathering—more than 1,000 people will be in “M-town” for the meeting.

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Finely Crafted Tools for Your Preparedness Tool Belt

Local health jurisdictions are a fountain of creative ideas for emergency preparedness. The trick, of course, is turning those ideas into effective programs. Ever-tightening public health budgets allow very little wiggle room for LHDs to test new solutions. So one of NACCHO’s primary responsibilities is to monitor local and national trends, and maintain a repository of best practices and tools. APC toolkits are one vehicle for disseminating best practices. Toolkits are developed by LHDs that have been designated as Advanced Practice Centers (APC) by NACCHO.

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3….2….1…. and we are live!

Welcome to the Seattle & King County APC website! Public Health—Seattle & King County (PHSKC) has been turning our most innovative programs into emergency preparedness toolkits since 2004.

The folks here in our APC shop are bursting with expertise, experience, panache, and a passion for preparedness. But until now, the toolkits have looked and felt rather… well… tool-y. We’re very excited to showcase all our products in one location! We invite you to peruse our products and check out the information offered by the expanded Advanced Practice Center network that includes 7 other local health departments.

PHSKC has developed 8 tested and proven toolkits that address critical areas in public health preparedness. We have toolkits for building and maintaining a healthcare coalition, business continuity trainings for the public and private sectors, and addressing gaps for vulnerable populations planning. We even have a toolkit for creating a system to translate materials into other languages—- a key capability during a public health emergency. (5 more cutting -edge toolkits are in the works. They’ll be launched this summer.)  If you want to browse the full selection of our kits, just hit that big green button at the top left corner.

The blog (what you are reading now) will be the place to find previews of our new materials, details on the behind-the-scenes action, and updates to existing products. Our toolkit creators work with the programs in our toolkits everyday. So as they refine their products, and share their results with other communities, they’ll share their new insights with you.

Check back every few weeks for updates!

We’ll post about twice a month!

For more information about NACCHO, our fellow APC sites, or Advanced Practice Center program, please see http://www.naccho.org/apc.

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