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In the Spotlight

woman on computer On May 4 and 5, NACCHO members participated in a policy workshop hosted by NACCHO in Minneapolis, MN, to identify key policies that helped or hindered local H1N1 2009–2010 response.

Discussions were centered on main themes and topics from NACCHO's own environmental scan (including reviewing literature, minutes from conference calls with LHD representatives during the course of the response, and "Stories from the Field") and Sentinel Network surveys. This report, produced with the assistance of the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics, summarizes the findings from the workshop.
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CDC Novel H1N1 Influenza (H1N1) Information
The CDC is providing frequent updates on H1N1 influenza activity, resources, and guidance documents to aid in the public health response.
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CDC Releases Guidance for the No Cost Extension of PHER Grant Funds
The CDC recently released additional guidance and information related to the no cost extension of the Public Health Emergency Response (PHER) grant funds distributed during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. This fact sheet will assist grant awardees in determining which H1N1 ongoing activities are allowable expenses and which are not until the program funding ends in July 2011. If you have specific questions concerning the fact sheet, contact your state health department. Other questions or issues concerning the PHER funds can be addressed to Jack Herrmann at jherrmann@naccho.org.

NIH Study Models H1N1 Flu Spread (Sept. 21)
In order to determine the impact and severity of the H1N1 virus in upcoming flu seasons, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created a model of the potential spread of the virus—taking into consideration levels of potential immunity and interaction with other strains.

MMWR Reveals Positive Opinions on Short-Term School Closures (Sept. 10)
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizes the findings of telephone poll to determine parents'' attitudes about school dismissals during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Polling in several states found that 90 percent of parents agreed with the dismissal decision; 85 percent believed dismissal effectively reduced influenza transmission.

In the News

Extension of PHER Grant to July 30, 2011
On Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified grantees of the Public Health Emergency Response (PHER) funds that it was granting an additional no-cost extension for unspent PHER funds until July 30, 2011. There will be no additional PHER funding forthcoming and the program will terminate July 30, 2011. Please contact your state health department for further information about the impact of this action in your state.  

HHS Announces New Report on Medical Countermeasures during a Pandemic
On Aug. 19, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of a new report outlining strategies for improving the nation''s capability to produce medical coutermeasures during a public health emergency or pandemic.

New Journal Articles on H1N1 in Emerging Infectious Disease
(August 2010 Issue):

For previous news and updates, please click here.

After Action Report (AAR) Resources

group around computer Access an easy-to-use webpage to help guide you through an evaluation of your local health department''s H1N1 response strategy. NACCHO has provided instructions to help you through the process. AAR resources are provided that are compliant with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program. These include exercise and evaluation guides, templates for debrief/hotwash meetings, and AAR templates.

Would you like to share your own AAR resources with other LHDs? Please e-mail cdobuzinskis@naccho.org.

Stories from the Field Database

Learn from the experiences of local health officials responding to H1N1. Visit NACCHO's searchable Stories from the Field database to read about lessons learned and useful practices during the H1N1 pandemic on topics including communications to high risk groups, state and local coordination, surveillance and epidemiology, and vaccine planning and administration.

The submission form for stories is now closed. If you would like to contact NACCHO regarding an H1N1 Story from the Field, please contact H1N1info@naccho.org.

NACCHO's Secured Information Web Site

LockLog in to NACCHO's Secured Information Website to find news, resources, and information for the LHD response to H1N1 influenza. NACCHO’s secured website provides critical news from state and federal partners, often before this news is available elsewhere. Users with an existing NACCHO account may access the secure site with their current login information; new users may register for free at the link above. Access is restricted to local health department employees. New material posted (May 2010): Sentinel Network Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention Surveys.

Talk to Us about H1N1

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If you have questions about the current outbreak, you may submit them to h1n1info@naccho.org.

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What are we doing right? Are you able to find the information that you need? Is there anything we could improve? We would like to continually improve our communication efforts in order to provide you with the latest information on the current H1N1 pandemic. If you have a suggestion, question, comment, or compliment, please e-mail H1N1feedback@naccho.org.

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