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Advanced Practice Centers, Maryland


Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Montgomery County APC At-A-Glance:
  • Develops toolkits, technologies, and other materials that have been evaluated and tested in Montgomery County and are in formats that can be easily replicated and used by other local health departments
  • Creates tools and educational materials to improve emergency preparedness and response among vulnerable populations
  • Serves as a resource in emergency response capabilities for local health departments who are also planning in a multi-jurisdictional area
  • An APC since 2004
How the Montgomery County APC is Addressing the APC Focus Areas:

Building partnerships and collaborating with first responders:

Bio-Pack Toolkit: This toolkit showcases Montgomery County, Maryland''s innovative Bio-Pack program, which pre-positions medications with first responders prior to a public health emergency. This type of program provides first responders with the protection they need to safely respond to a public health emergency.

How to Create a Partnership Between Your Public Health Agency and Area Hospitals: This two-page, step-by-step tip sheet outlines how to create partnerships with community hospitals around the issue of emergency preparedness.

How to Create a Partnership Between Your Public Health Agency and the Child Care Community: This two-page tip sheet provides information on how to enhance emergency preparedness efforts by creating and fostering a collaborative partnership with the community, with a specific focus on long term child care.

Strengthening the Strengtheners: It contains a list of resources, checklists, and assessment questions from various faith-based, community, and federal organizations, which can be used to help congregations develop plans for a potential emergency. 

Workforce development and training:

Emergency Preparedness Training Curriculum for Latino Health Promoters: A training curriculum for the promotores de salud (lay health promoters) to help increase the knowledge and change behaviors in the Latino community on emergency preparedness. 

Notes from the Field: A Collection of Emergency Preparedness Exercise and Evaluation Reviews: Montgomery County, Maryland Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (Montgomery APC) in conjunction with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Exercise and Evaluation Workgroup developed a document of resources to assist public health emergency planners.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Toolkit: This toolkit provides a DVD and brochure that helps local public health agencies learn the basics of PPE. 

Plan to Be Safe - Training Modules for Emergency Operations of Dispensing and Vaccination Clinics: This public health clinic operations toolkit incorporates four training modules and comes with the following items: an instructors guide; appendices of resources and templates; a CD-ROM containing PDF versions of all materials; and a DVD with two training videos.

Risk communication and public education:

Avian Influenza and Pandemic Influenza Presentation: The presentation is both a resource for local health departments to use to educate their communities or a self-study for persons who wish to increase their own knowledge and awareness of the topic.

Crisis Communications Guide and Checklist: Assists public health planners in the preparation for a public health emergency by equipping them with the knowledge and understanding of basic crisis communications components.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Case Management and Home Care Services: Designed to ensure that clients receiving home care and case management services develop an emergency plan and gather a three-day or more supply of nine essential items in preparation for an emergency event.

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Group Homes: This checklist is designed to ensure that health care facilities are not only well prepared but also able to shelter-in-place and remain self-sufficient during a variety of emergencies.

Emergency Response Planning for Child Care Providers: The toolkit is designed to prepare child care providers for emergency events and to assist in the recovery effort by helping children cope with the traumatic event.

Plan to Be Ready: This toolkit is designed to help local public health agencies and others conduct public health preparedness training for non-public health workers. 

Developing integrated communication and information systems:

Clinic Planning Model Generator: The software is intended to grant public health officials the ability to quickly create an accurate model that will provide immediate assistance with planning for a pubic health vaccination and/or dispensing clinic.

For More Information, Contact the Montgomery County APC:

Rachel Abbey
Program Manager
2000 Dennis Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Tel: (240) 777-4670
Fax: (240) 777-4750
E-mail: rachel.abbey@montgomerycountymd.gov