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Creating an online "promising practices" clearinghouse for pandemic influenza

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    This article describes efforts to create, share, and sustain an online clearinghouse of expert-reviewed "promising practices" in pandemic influenza preparedness from September 2006 to December 2008. This project involved six activities: (1) determining focus areas, (2) defining a promising practice, (3) collecting practices, (4) establishing an expert-review process for accepting practices, (5) disseminating the practices, and (6) evaluating the project. By December 31, 2008, materials and descriptions for 181 expert-reviewed practices had been posted in a public online database. Practices were available in four areas: models for care, communication, mitigation, and at-risk groups. The database has been used by international agencies and a variety of U.S. organizations. The challenges and constraints facing the U.S. public health system underscore the need to maximize resources. We believe that the Promising Practices Project demonstrates a useful approach in pandemic preparedness and response and may serve as a valuable model for other areas of public health.
    LaFrance AB, Vestin N, Moore K, Collison E, McClure E, DeBoer J.

    CIDRAP's Promising Practices home page
    Promising Practices offers you more than 330 tools, practices, and strategies that have been used by public health and others to prepare or respond to an influenza pandemic. Materials represent work from 45 US states, including more than 65 cities and counties and now, colleges and universities.

    The Promising Practices collection has just expanded to include higher education, in cooperation with the universities that compose the Big 10+2, and with support from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). The "Higher Ed" category already has more than 30 practices for colleges and universities to use, and collection is ongoing from all colleges and universities (see press release).

    Created before the novel H1N1 influenza pandemic to enhance preparedness, Promising Practices now also features useful response activities. State and local health departments, as well as colleges and universities, are sharing their successes. By highlighting this quality work, Promising Practices aims to help conserve resources and strengthen preparedness and response activities.

    You may use materials on this site right away. Please credit the agencies whose work you adapt, and check practices for other conditions of use.
    The salvage of human life ought to be placed above barter and exchange ~ Louis Harris, 1918