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Title: Community Assessment Tool for Public Health Emergencies Including Pandemic Influenza

Community Assessment Tool for Public Health Emergencies Including Pandemic Influenza The Community Assessment Tool (CAT) for Public Health Emergencies Including Pandemic Influenza (hereafter referred to as the CAT) was developed as a result of feedback received from several communities. These communities participated in workshops focused on influenza pandemic planning and response. The 2008 through 2011 workshops were sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Feedback during those workshops indicated the need for a tool that a community can use to assess its readiness for a disaster - readiness from a total healthcare perspective, not just hospitals, but the whole healthcare system. The CAT intends to do just that - help strengthen existing preparedness plans by allowing the healthcare system and other agencies to work together during an influenza pandemic. It helps reveal each core agency partners (sectors) capabilities and resources, and highlights cases of the same vendors being used for resource supplies (e.g., personal protective equipment [PPE] and oxygen) by the partners (e.g., public health departments, clinics, or hospitals). The CAT also addresses gaps in the community's capabilities or potential shortages in resources. This tool has been reviewed by a variety of key subject matter experts from federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. It also has more » been piloted with various communities that consist of different population sizes, to include large urban to small rural communities. « less
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OSTI Identifier:1012564
Report Number(s):11-HCTT-0751
TRN: US201110%%159
DOE Contract Number:DE-AC05-06OR23100
Resource Type:Program Document
Research Org:Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Albany Research Center (ARC), Albany, OR (United States)
Sponsoring Org:USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; COMMUNITIES; DISEASES; EMERGENCY PLANS; FEEDBACK; HOSPITALS; INFLUENZA; PLANNING; PUBLIC HEALTH; SHORTAGES