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Seasonal Influenza

12.3.30.2016 – Flu Activity on the Rise; CDC recommends vaccination and appropriate use of antivirals

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:

CDC Resources For Health Care Providers:

Infection Control

Effective infection control has a lot of moving parts – polices and protocols, trained staff, supplies/equipment, and environmental hygiene to name a few. Below are some links to help you build upon the existing infection control efforts you are currently employing.    Signage:              

   Triage/Protocol:

   Personal Protective Equipment:

   Environmental Infection Control:

Organizational Preparedness. These resources help pull all the efforts together, allow health centers to assess current plans, and focus activities on soft spots found in organizational preparedness:

Seasonal Preparedness Tools

Program Overview

The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) collaborates with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to implement a comprehensive Emergency Management Planning Program through the Community Health Centers (CHCs) across the state. The goal of the program is to increase the level of preparedness at every health center through staff training, infrastructure enhancement, and live drills. CHCACT convenes with the CHCs, the state, and other community partners to provide a forum for education, communication, and sharing. The group, called the Community Health Emergency Response Network (CHERN), meets quarterly. CHERN members take what they have learned at the quarterly meetings back to their centers and integrate it into the ongoing emergency preparedness activities at their individual centers. In addition, they serve as the “resident experts” for the identification of training and technical assistance needs of their center. CHCACT and its members have been actively involved in Connecticut’s emergency preparedness efforts, including working with government agencies, such as the DPH, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), and other public health providers, including Connecticut’s hospitals. CHCACT and its CHERN members play an important role in the ongoing evolution of the nation’s emergency response system; an organized community health response during times of natural or human-made emergencies is essential for the health of the underserved populations in our nation. For more information contact Rashad Collins (rcollins@chcact.org) or Domina DiBiase (ddibiase@chcact.org).