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Improved Planning for Vulnerable Populations through Use of Closed PODs

New Webinar from NACCHO

June 5, 2014 2:30-4:00 pm Eastern
This webinar will explore how local health departments from St Paul-Ramsey County, MN, and Oakland County, MI, utilize closed Points of Dispensing (PODs) to improve emergency planning for vulnerable populations including people with disabilities. These PODs allow for effective dispensation of medical countermeasures to populations who may not be able to easily access public PODs.
Participants will also have the opportunity to hear about new resources and tools being developed by NACCHO’s Health and Disability team, including:
• A Health and Disability Toolkit;
• A guide to including people with disabilities in public health practice; and
• A directory of community-based organizations that serve people with disabilities.
NACCHO will also briefly present on findings from our current assessment of local health department activities that are inclusive of people with disabilities.
Register at the following link: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/vppods/event/registration.html
This webinar is a part of NACCHO’s 2014 Summer Preparedness Webinar Series. Learn more about the series and see upcoming webinars on our website: http://nacchopreparedness.org/?p=2133


NACCHO Leadership Participate in Michigan CRI / SNS Workshop

NACCHO staff have been invited to speak at the second annual Southeast Michigan Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) & Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Workshop on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The full-day workshop is designed to provide Michigan public health emergency planners with information and tools related to all-hazards planning, legal considerations, international border issues, and public information principles. Andrew Roszak, Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO will offer keynote remarks about the Whole Community Inclusion Project and how planners can incorporate a whole community approach into their medical countermeasure dispensing plans. Sarah Yates, Program Analyst for Health and Disability/Public Health Law will provide additional insight into NACCHO’s whole community inclusion efforts. A NACCHO blog post about this event will be available soon here and on NACCHO’s Preparedness Blog. You can also download Andy and Sarah’s powerpoint presentation here. 

New Legal Precedent for Inclusive Planning, Preparedness, and Response

Late last week, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York handed down a ruling on the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled v. The City of New York, a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all persons with disabilities. The suit charged that the New York City Emergency Preparedness Program failed to accommodate the needs of disabled persons in planning for the evacuation of multistory buildings, failed to provide accessible shelter systems, ignored the unique needs of people with disabilities in the event of power outages, failed to communicate adequately with people with special needs during an emergency, and failed to account for the needs of people with disabilities in recovery operations. This case has serious ramifications to the preparedness community – post continued at NACCHO’s Preparedness Blog.

Archived Webinar-Whole Community Inclusion for Community Resilience: Focus on Older Adults

On Wednesday, August 21st, 1-2 PM EDT, NACCHO hosted a webinar exploring whole community inclusion in public health preparedness planning, focusing on older adults. Vulnerable populations, including older adults, may have functional or access needs that prevent them equally benefitting from public health preparedness efforts. This webinar engaged NACCHO’s project on Community-Dwelling Older Adult Preparedness. Local health departments from the project presented their experiences in engaging older adults in planning efforts. The webinar will also examined practices for inclusion of older adults for catastrophic event planning—such as a mass vaccination campaign in response to a pandemic outbreak. The archived webinar recording can be found here

Archived Webinar-Introduction to Whole Community Inclusion and Community Resilience

This free webinar introduced the planning philosophy behind “whole community inclusion” and “community health resilience” for public health preparedness. By using whole community inclusion of vulnerable and at-risk populations in preparedness planning efforts, local health departments can better plan for public health emergencies. This webinar served as a primer for local health departments seeking to incorporate whole community inclusion to improve community health resilience. Federal, non-profit and local government experts discussed the importance of community health resilience, what that concept means, and how whole community engagement has improved planning and response outcomes.

The archived webinar recording can be found here. The slides can be downloaded here. This webinar is part of NACCHO’s Public Health Preparedness Summer 2013 Webinar Series.


Virtual POD Simulation

A freely available open-source software package that allows one to view, modify or build new virtual environments to demonstrate mass dispensing and other public health planning scenarios. More

Project Overview

Public health planning must involve the whole community by limiting the creation of separate plans for vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations with respect to a “general” population. The concept of “whole community inclusion” refers to preparedness strategies that include the whole community, not just one segment of the population. MORE