Creating Strong Partnerships: Local Health Departments and Pharmacy Work Together in Emergencies


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Course Description
This course is provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

The archived webinar includes a discussion of the importance of and tools for establishing partnerships between local health departments and healthcare organizations (such as pharmacies and hospitals) to dispense drugs, vaccines, and other medical countermeasures during public health emergencies. They describe the memorandum of understanding and operational plan created by stakeholder working groups that use the commercial pharmacy infrastructure to help distribute and dispense medications in an emergency. Topics include: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations.

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Target Audience
This course is designed for public health agencies and pharmacies.

Learning Objectives
Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the roles of public health and pharmacy regarding emergency response.
  2. Describe a novel mechanism for formalizing relationships between local public health departments and pharmacy.
  3. Identify resources and tools to support partnerships between public health and pharmacy for emergency preparedness and response.

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1.A1 (Tier 1) Identifies the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  2. 5.A1 (Tier 1) Recognizes community linkages and relationships among multiple factors (or determinants) affecting health
  3. 5.A3 (Tier 1) Identifies stakeholders
  4. 5.A4 (Tier 1) Collaborates with community partners to promote the health of the population
  5. 5.A7 (Tier 1) Describes the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the delivery of community health services
  6. 5.A8 (Tier 1) Identifies community assets and resources
  7. 5.C8 (Tier 3) Negotiates for the use of community assets and resources through MOUs and other formal and informal agreements
  8. 8.A2 (Tier 1) Describes how public health operates within a larger system
  9. 8.A3 (Tier 1) Participates with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action
  10. 8.A4 (Tier 1) Identifies internal and external problems that may affect the delivery of Essential Public Health Services
  11. 8.B3 (Tier 2) Participates with stakeholders in identifying key values and a shared vision as guiding principles for community action

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies
Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model (PHPR)

  1. 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  2. 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
  3. 1.6 Act within the scope of one's legal authority
  4. 3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
  5. 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training)

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (PHPC)

  1. 1.1: Determine risks to the health of the jurisdiction
  2. 1.2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness
  3. 1.3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks
  4. 1.4: Coordinate training or guidance to ensure community engagement in preparedness efforts
  5. 3.3: Develop incident response strategy
  6. 6.1: Identify stakeholders to be incorporated into information flow
  7. 7.1: Determine public health role in mass care operations
  8. 8.1: Identify and initiate medical countermeasure dispensing strategies
  9. 8.2: Receive medical countermeasures
  10. 8.3: Activate dispensing modalities
  11. 8.4: Dispense medical countermeasures to identified population
  12. 8.5: Report adverse events

Online/Archived Webinar

Credit /CEU
None available

5 hrs.

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