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Topic Collection: Community Education and Outreach

In times of crisis, many individuals feel the need or desire to volunteer to assist with response and recovery operations. Healthcare facilities and emergency healthcare providers and responders should have plans ready to activate. Plans should address details such as credentialing, assigning, and managing spontaneous volunteers. The resources in this Topic Collection include guidance and strategies, legal information, and templates for incorporating volunteers into disaster management.

This ASPR TRACIE Topic Collection is in the process of being developed and comprehensively reviewed. If you have resources to recommend for inclusion in this Topic Collection, specifically illustrative examples, plans, tools or templates, please email your recommendations to askasprtracie@hhs.gov.

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Health Outreach Partners. (2012). Including Outreach Workers and Community Health Workers in Health Center Emergency Preparedness and Management: Tip Sheet.

This eight-page tip sheet explains how outreach workers, community health workers, and/or promotores(as) can be used by health centers in emergency preparedness. Strategies for reaching traditionally underserved populations are included.
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Jorstad, C., Santibanez, S., Novais, A., et al. (2014). What Does Ebola Have to Do with Flu? Engaging FBOs (Faith-Based Organizations) in Community Outreach During a Public Health Emergency. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

The speakers in this webinar discuss Ebola community outreach experiences and how this outreach can bolster existing partnerships to help residents prevent contracting seasonal influenza.
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Osorio, L., Castaneda, X., and Vostrejs, M. (2011). Improving Outreach to At-Risk Latino Populations for Pandemic Influenza and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Health Initiative of the Americas.

The guidance in this document includes promising practices for health authorities and providers to work with community-based organizations in order to reach Latino populations in the event of a pandemic or a public health emergency.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2014). National Biodefense Science Board Community Health Resilience Report.

Recommendations from the National Biodefense Science Board on community resilience are shared in this report. The importance of community outreach and communication is mentioned as one of five recommendations.
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