Meeting the Needs of At-Risk Populations During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Response: A Look at Key Strategies, Successes and Challenges [open pdf - 3KB]
"The arrival of an influenza pandemic in April 2009 made outreach and care for under-resourced people throughout the United States an urgent public health priority. At-risk populations--individuals who are most at risk for severe social, economic and health-related consequences from a pandemic--needed information, messages they could trust and key services to receive antivirals and vaccine. State and local health agencies initially responded to an emergency of unknown severity and magnitude, at a time when staffing levels were often frozen and funding gaps were growing. This context influenced response. Public health agencies responded to the needs of at-risk populations in a variety of new and innovative ways. Other solutions, though not new, yielded valuable reminders and lessons that merit attention. The leadership, flexibility and creativity of many public health agencies should be noted and congratulated; the resulting strategies can be applied to everyday work and response to future public health emergencies."
2011 Regents of the University of Minnesota
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): http://www.astho.org/