Cooperation among the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance countries improved their response to the 2009 H1N1 virus in areas previously considered problematic.
Sep 1, 2011
Describes a tool for assessing key features of good crisis decision making that focuses on the processes of decision making -- situational awareness, action planning, and process control -- and can be used for exploratory analysis and process improvement.
Aug 17, 2009
Contains a template that public health agencies can use to conduct a workshop to improve key aspects of Strategic National Stockpile planning: pediatric dispensing, altered standards of care, and allocation of scarce resources.
Aug 4, 2009
Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents: Functions, Practices, and Areas for Future Work
Discusses the role of public health agencies in emergency preparedness for and response to chemical and radiological incidents.
Jul 27, 2009
Coordination and communication among community partners-including health departments, emergency management agencies, and hospitals-are essential for effective pandemic influenza planning and response. As the nation's largest integrated health care system, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could be a key component of community planning.
Jan 1, 2008
In this article, the authors argue that initial funding priorities for public health systems research on preparedness should focus on using engineering-style methods to identify core preparedness processes, developing novel data sources and measures based on smaller-scale proxy events, and developing performance improvement approaches to support the translation of research into practice within the wide variety of public health systems found in the nation.
Jan 1, 2008
Measuring the Performance of Telephone-Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Health Departments
Health departments can achieve optimal performance by consistently connecting a caller with an action officer in 30 minutes or less and may improve performance by using a disease surveillance phone system in which a live person answers at all times.
Jan 1, 2008
Gun ownership rates, state legislation, and levels of community cohesiveness are significantly associated with the likelihood of psychiatric patients committing suicide with a gun, as well as being male, Caucasian, and diagnosed with substance abuse.
Jan 1, 2008
Designing and Conducting Tabletop Exercises to Assess Public Health Preparedness for Manmade and Naturally Occurring Biological Threats
Summarizes lessons learned from tabletop exercises about public health emergency preparedness and about the process of developing, conducting, and evaluating them.
Sep 25, 2007
This fact sheet describes tabletop exercises in six Georgia health districts and at the state level to understand what coordination and public health response are required among groups with diverse responsibilities and at different government levels.
Aug 5, 2007
This report presents the findings of a project designed to identify system-level characteristics associated with consistently timely responses in telephone-based disease surveillance systems in local health departments.
Apr 11, 2007
This column discusses the experiences of the original cohort of seven states participating in the first two years of a national demonstration project known as the Co-occurring State Incentive Grant (COSIG) initiative.
Jan 1, 2007
Facilitated Look-Backs: A New Quality Improvement Tool for Management of Routine Annual and Pandemic Influenza
Describes a new quality-improvement tool that public health agencies can adopt to regularly look back at each routine annual influenza season to systematically institutionalize knowledge from one influenza season to the next.
May 19, 2006
A fully customizable template for a tabletop exercise for pandemic influenza preparedness for use by state and local health agencies and their healthcare and governmental partners as an exercise in training, relationship building, and evaluation.
May 17, 2006
Reports on an exercise examining the intentional introduction of avian influenza in commercial poultry operations during a severe human influenza season and explores issues associated with public health preparedness for major disease outbreaks.
Jan 1, 2006
Learning from Experience: The Public Health Response to West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A Outbreaks in the United States
Describes the response of state and local health departments to outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), monkeypox, West Nile virus, and hepatitis A.
Aug 31, 2005
RAND developed the exercises in this manual as templates that local public health agencies (LPHAs) can customize and use to train public health workers in detecting and responding to bioterrorism events and assessing LPHAs' levels of preparedness.
Aug 4, 2005
A manual of standardized proficiency tests to help public health agencies develop strategies for testing their disease reporting systems.
Jul 14, 2005
Briefly describes the methods and criteria used to select exemplary practices in public health preparedness.
Mar 1, 2005
Mental Health Service Delivery and Suicide Risk: The Role of Individual Patient and Facility Factors
This study explores suicide rates as a quality measure and identifies risk factors for suicide among psychiatric inpatients.
Jan 1, 2005
The authors evaluated the ability of local public health agencies (LPHAs) to meet a preparedness standard set by the U.S. CDC
Jan 1, 2005
Evaluates the progress and implementation of the Arkansas tobacco settlement program.
Dec 11, 2004
In the fall of 2000, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to evaluate the implementation and impact of MH/SA parity benefits in terms of access, utilization, cost, and quality of care. The findings of this evaluation are reported in the attached report.
Jan 1, 2004
Studies have found high rates of alcohol use and abuse/dependence, depression, bankruptcy, and incarceration associated with recreational gambling.
Jan 1, 2004