Primary Care Medical Practices and Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Primary care medical practices in ambulatory settings play an important role in community preparedness for public health emergencies. They provide medical care, serve as a trusted source of health information, and prepare individuals with special health care needs for disasters. The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication has developed a set of tools to assist practices with these tasks.
Public Health Responder Safety - A Framework
The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication has developed a framework to protect public health workers during the response to emergencies and disasters. The framework adapts guidelines for health care workers to address safety and personal protective needs in four different public health field situations: the public health field investigation, mass care services and shelters, points of dispensing, and community reception centers for population monitoring after radiation emergencies.
Integrating Community Pediatricians into Public Health Preparedness & Response
This project, a collaboration between the CPHRC and the American Academy of Pediatrics Pennsylvania Chapter, used a systems-based approach to develop a plan to integrate community-based pediatric medical practices into disaster preparedness and response efforts in Pennsylvania. A communications toolkit was also developed for pediatric practices, schools, and childcare programs.
Pennsylvania Public Health Risk Assessment Tool (PHRAT)
The Pennsylvania Public Health Risk Assessment Tool (PHRAT) was developed for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help public health and health care planners prioritize their planning efforts for emergencies that impact the health of the public. The PHRAT workbook and user guide lead planners through an analysis of the health-related impacts of various hazards that can occur in their jurisdictions.
Ensuring the Delivery of Human Services in Disasters
In many communities, non-profit human services agencies (HSAs) are relied upon to meet the needs of at-risk communities in crisis situations. In collaboration with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Center for Public Health Readiness developed a white paper that outlines existing capacity and challenges for HSAs in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and proposes recommendation for future planning.
Preparing for Public Health Emergencies: A Planning Aid for Public Health and Healthcare Professionals
In collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Health Department, the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication developed a planning aid for public health and healthcare professionals. The planning aid is designed to serve as a reference guide for local and state health departments to use before, during, and after disasters.