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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness. Veronica M. Aberle, MSN, RN Peoria City/County Health Department [email protected] Sarah Buller Fenton, MS, RNC Tazewell County Health Department [email protected] Laurie Schierer MS Woodford County Health Department

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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Veronica M. Aberle, MSN, RN

Peoria City/County Health Department

[email protected]

Sarah Buller Fenton, MS, RNC

Tazewell County Health Department

[email protected]

Laurie Schierer MS

Woodford County Health Department

[email protected]

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Tri-County AreaPopulation

Peoria County 183,000

Tazewell County 128,000

Woodford County 36,000

Total 347,000

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Peoria County Demographics

Urban Rural Mix

City of Peoria: 112,000

County Total: 183,000

Population: 79% white, 16% African-American, 2% Hispanic, 1.7% Asian and 1.3% other

4 municipalities; 18 independent school districts

Home to 2 research/ teaching medical centers, a Children’s Hospital and a community hospital

Peoria has four Colleges of Nursing; undergraduate and graduate

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TazewellCounty Demographics

Rural /urban Mix

City of Pekin: 33,857; East Peoria: 22, 638; Morton: 15,198

County Total: 128,000

Population: 97% white, .9% African-American,1% Hispanic, .5% Asian and .6% other

2 Community Hospitals

Woodford County Demographics

Rural County

City of Eureka: 4,871

County Total: 36,000

Population: 98.5% white, .3% African American, .7% Hispanic, .3% Asian and .2% other

Health Department contractually operated by BroMenn Health Care

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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Established Partners for Health

Regional Health Services

OSF St. Francis Medical Center

Methodist Medical Medical Center

Proctor Hospital

Pekin Hospital

Eureka Community Hospital

University of Illinois Colleges of Medicine and Nursing

American Red Cross

Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford Health Departments

Advanced Medical Transport ( EMS)

PH Regional Response Planner & Epidemiologist

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GovernmentPartnerships

Illinois River Valley Council of Governments

Mayors

County Boards

ESDA Directors

FBI,Police and Fire Chiefs Associations

Illinois Air Guard 5th Civil Support Team

USDA Research Laboratory

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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Beginnings

January, 2000 Hoax Anthrax Threat Peoria Planned Parenthood

June, 2000Peoria Area Task Force on Weaponsof Mass Destruction Medical Subcommittee

March, 2001IEMA – Illinois Terrorism Threat Assessment

February, 2002Tri-County Terrorism Response Coalition

March 6, 2002Community Leaders Meeting

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Tri-County Terrorism Response Coalition

Mission …”through planning, to coordinate the response … to protect the lives and property of the citizens.”

Unique Partnership: Plan-Train-Exercise-Respond Cross Jurisdictional Public/Private Partnership

Organized Under Leadership of ESDA Directors

Six standing Committees-First Responders Support Services Medical/Public Health Public Information Officers Communications Executive

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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Focus Areas

Funding

Planning

Training

Equipment

Coordinated Response

Resources

Communications

Notification and Procedures

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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Initial Challenges

WMD Medical/Public Health Committee

  • Recognition of Public Health as First Responder
  • Establish Role of Public Health in Disaster Response
  • Goals and objectives focused on education, training, equipment for HazMat, pre-hospital and hospital
  • Public Health link to pharmacies to establish prophylaxis plan (state and national stockpile)
  • Training and Exercise
  • Communications cooperation among partners
  • System to monitor readiness
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Public Health/Medical Committee

Public Health’s Initial Priorities 2002

Medication/Prophylaxis Distribution

Workforce Development/Staff Training

Surveillance Systems

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Public Health/Medical Committee

June, 2002

  • Change of Focus: Public Health planning takes priority.
  • Committee to be chaired by a hospital representative and a public health representative.
  • Reviewed goals and objectives
  • Identified areas for discussion and action
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Public Health/Medical Committee

Discussion Items –

Planning, training, education

Exercises, drills

Environmental sampling

Response teams – IMERT, MRC

Public information

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Public Health/Medical Committee

Action Items -

Resources for nursing/professional support

Regional Cooperation

Mutual Aid Agreements

Exercises and drills

Utilization of Illinois and National stockpiles

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Medical Reserve Corps

Resources to Support Public Health

HRSA Grant submitted on behalf of Tri-County Terrorism Response Coalition by the American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter- 2002

Recruit, train, organize and exercise professional volunteers

Support community needs:

Strategic National Stockpile Deployment

Public Health Emergencies

Public Education on Preparedness

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Public Education: American Red Cross

“Together We Prepare”

Community Education Disaster Preparedness

Focus on families and business:Preparation of Home and familyContinuity of business operations

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Public Information

Cooperative Efforts

  • Public Information Officers of Public Health, Hospitals and American Red Cross Planned Coordinated Response with media
  • Joint News Conferences: Anthrax Threat Pre-event smallpox
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Public Health Emergencies

Coordinated plans, procedures and training

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

Utilize Shared Resources

Target Special PopulationsSchools and Day CarePediatric Prophylaxis ProtocolsChildren & Adults with Special NeedsPre-event Community Education

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Public Health/Medical Committee

Regional Cooperation

  • Hospitals
  • PH-Regional Response Planning Area
  • Pre-event smallpox vaccination program Mock Smallpox Clinic
  • Mutual aid agreementsPeoria City/County Health Department Tazewell County Health Department Woodford County Health Department
  • Surveillance and SNS subcommittees
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Public Health/Medical Committee

Hospital & Community Pharmacists

Single Agency Plans

Regional Public Health Plans

Regional Multi-Agency/Cross Jurisdictional Plan

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Current Initiatives

DOJ Threat Assessment Fall 2003

Collaborative Grant Plan Submitted on Behalf of an expanded 5 county coalition includes:

Equipment, PPE and training plans to be used across first responder disciplines i.e. Incident Command/Unified Command, Forensic Epidemiology, Cross-system communication

Surveillance Committee:

Hospitals (Infection Control) and Health Departments targeting system issues surrounding communication, reporting and isolation and quarantine

Web-based regional exercise, SARS scenario, 5/27/04

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Strengths of Partnerships

  • Maximize the resources/skills of each partner
  • Unique partnership maintains local controland builds trust among diverse partners
  • Promote goals and objectives across the communities
  • Grant Awards:

Project Impact

Medical Reserve Corps

Homeland Security

  • Funding Opportunities in Partnership
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Public Health Partnerships for Preparedness

Coming together is a beginning,

Staying together is progress,

And working together is success.

-Henry Ford

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