Functional Capabilities: Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues

  • Alert and warning/notifications; Public health messaging to eldercare facilities and other institutions with significant populations; Data collection and dissemination; Availability of patient health data, IT systems reliability, resilience, and security; HIPAA restrictions on individual health information.
  • These tools and resources include protocols, procedures, mechanisms, and systems to facilitate secure and resilient collection/dissemination and two-way communication of relevant information, including health data, for all aspects of community health resilience.
LinkTool/Resource NameHow this Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
THRIVE: Community Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable EnvironmentsPrevention Institute has updated its Community Approach to Addressing Disparities in Health with the revision of THRIVE: Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments. A centerpiece of THRIVE is a set of community level factors that are linked to Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators. It now features a simplified list of 13 factors to facilitate use of the tool at the local level.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Public Engagement, Empowerment, and Information, including Media
Topic Collection: Patient Movement and Tracking(forward movement of patients, tracking and tracking systems)TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, Information Exchange) provides resources on patient movement from area healthcare facilities and tracking that can help emergency planners and responders learn more about various levels of assistance available, how to request it, how it is activated, and lessons learned from recent events. Resources are in topic categories that include Ambulance Strike Teams, Federal Patient Movement, Guidance, National Ambulance Contract Resources, and Plans, Tools, and Templates.
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
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Evidence-Informed Guidelines for Child-Focused Pandemic Planning and ResponseThis report examines the physical, social, and mental health effects of pandemic on children and families. Based upon these findings, the report also provides a set of evidence-informed, child-focused, best practice guidelines for use by stakeholders during future pandemics across a variety of relevant fields. This research provides value to community health resilience by investigating the impacts of pandemic on a specific at-risk group and is unique for especially focusing on emotional and pyschological impacts.
  • Identification of needs and assistance for at-risk populations (economically-stressed, homeless, elderly, disabled, pregnant women and children) and ethnic groups
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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All-Hazards Preparedness GuideBeing prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover rapidly from public health threats can save lives and protect the health and safety of the public. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with hazards of all types much more effectively when they do occur. By reading this guide, you have taken the first step in securing your preparedness. You will learn that emergency preparedness requires attention not just to specific types of hazards but also to steps that increase preparedness for any type of hazard.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
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Talking to Children about EbolaSuggestions for talking to children about Ebola.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Ebola Planning and Response
  • Risk communication (includes managing public expectations and de-escalation)
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Ebola, Enterovirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
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Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and ResponseEnhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response distills the most relevant strategies, practices, and resources from a variety of sources, including peer-reviewed research, government reports, and the trade literature, to identify priority populations and critical strategies. This toolkit is meant to help state and local health agencies improve their current emergency preparedness activities. In addition, community-based and/or non-governmental organizations can use this toolkit to enhance their programming for these populations.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Addressing Communication Challenges During and Infectious Disease Emergency ResponseThis document draws from state experiences during the H1N1 pandemic response and discusses potential ways to address communication challenges that state health agencies (SHAs) may face when responding to an infectious disease outbreak, including tools available for more effective and efficient communications. These suggestions were compiled from evaluations of communications during the H1N1 pandemic, including three state after-action reports (New Jersey, Kentucky, and Iowa) funded by ASTHO.
  • Continuous and sustainable process and strategy for community, organizational, and individual health resilience improvement
  • Cross-sector, jurisdiction/national border, and discipline information sharing
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Planning for an Emergency: Strategies for Identifying and Engaging At-Risk GroupsThis document has been created for emergency managers. As defined by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), emergency managers are professionals at all levels of government and the private sector who prepare for, mitigate, respond to, assist in recovery from, and provide products and services for all emergencies, disasters, and threats to the nation’s security
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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NASCIO IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Tool-kit: Planning for the Next DisasterThis toolkit provides information on disaster recovery and business continuity planning and how it provides a framework of interim measures to recover IT services following an emergency or system disruption. IT systems are vulnerable to a variety of disruptions, ranging from minor short-term power outages to more-severe disruptions involving equipment destruction from a variety of sources such as natural or man-made disasters and attacks. It is essential that disaster recovery planning, execution, and testing, are essential to mitigate the risk of system and service unavailability.
  • Interoperable and resilient communications systems
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
The Behavioral Health Emergency Plan Template for Health Care OrganizationsThe Behavioral Health Emergency Plan Template was developed to assist hospitals and other health care providers in integrating the behavioral/mental health functions into their emergency plans and incident command. The document is designed to serve as a template/checklist.
  • Decontamination of structures, assets, soil, and water
  • Mental health services under normal conditions and post-event behavioral health management and monitoring
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Human Factors; Physical & Mental Health for Community, Family, Individual, & At Risk Group Issues
TelehealthTelehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. HRSA works to increase and improve the use of telehealth to meet the needs of underserved people.
  • Telemedicine capabilities
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
Pandemic Influenza: Quarantine, Isolation and Social Distancing - Toolbox for Public Health and Public Behavioral Health ProfessionalsThis reference offers public health leadership guidance regarding psychological and social ramifications of implementing large scale quarantine and isolation within a community. It is also intended for public health and behavioral health workers
  • Ebola Planning and Response
  • Effective prophylaxis and non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease, including countermeasures planning and dispensing
  • Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
  • Financial resources for public and private sector restoration
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Ebola, Enterovirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Planning and Response
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Hospital Reception Site Planning GuideThe Guide offers information for hospitals to plan for family reunification in a mass casualty incident. Templates, flow charts, job sheet examples, and other resources are easily customizable and scalable.
  • Mass care and sheltering
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Family Reunification Center Planning GuideThe Guide offers information to assist local jurisdictions in a mass casualty incident. The tool is designed to "plug and play" in existing municipal response structures. Templates, flow charts, and other resources are provided for easy customization.
  • Mass care and sheltering
  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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Comprehensive Community Bio-Event Resilience Action Plan for the Puget Sound RegionCovers the need to have an effective regional organizational structure for recovery and long-term restoration after a major bio-event or disaster with a well-defined decision-making process that involves the range of key stakeholder organizations necessary to make informed decisions on priority issues, taking into account health and safety, economic, and political considerations. Includes priorities.
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Effective multi-jurisdiction/cross-sector integrated command structure for response and initial recovery
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • Health, Emergency Services workforce recruitment, availability, maintenance, occupational health and safety, and certification
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  • Communications, Critical IT Systems, Information Sharing, and Health Data Issues
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Healthcare and Related Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Plans and Resource Issues
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