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Executive Working Group for Whole Community Inclusion

When:    March 28, 2012

Where:   NACCHO Headquarters, Washington, DC

Who:      Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

               National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

               Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

               Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)

What:  In a disease outbreak or other public health emergency, all members of our community must have access to medical countermeasures such as life-saving medications or other medical interventions provided at Points of Dispensing Sites (PODS). "Whole Community Inclusion" is a planning approach focused on overcoming barriers to full access by people whose life circumstances are further exacerbated in times of crisis.

ASTHO and NACCHO, in collaboration with CARD and funded by CDC, will convene a group of federal, state, and local health agencies and national organizations that represent groups who face access challenges due to age, economic disadvantage, language and literacy, health and disability, and cultural, geographic and social isolation.

The meeting will use a three-dimensional (3-D) training tool developed by the NACCHO Advanced Practice Center at the University of Chicago to visualize and explore strategies for planning POD operations. 

Participants will explore strategies for creating access to Strategic National Stockpile Points of Dispensing Sites for vulnerable and at-risk populations in a public health emergency.


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Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations: Equity in Emergency Preparedness,

San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Practice Center, The Closed POD Partnerships: Train the Trainer

Public Health - Seattle & King County, Vulnerable Populations Action Team (VPAT),