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About the course:
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the concepts of public health as they relate to disaster management. The student will apply Noji’s five phases of a disaster to actual public health disaster events during the last 25 years. The course will focus on what preparedness actions are necessary to safeguard the health of citizens and emergency personnel during a disaster event, as well as public health disaster response and investigation. Public health issues in disaster management that are covered include water and food supply disruption and contamination, waste disposal, environmental pollution and infectious disease outbreaks. The basic principles of epidemiology and health surveillance will also be reviewed.
Peruse the Pennsylvania Pandemic Flu Plan. No disaster plan is without flaws or weaknesses. Based on your knowledge of disaster mitigation and response, as well as your knowledge of public health, design a tool which could be used by the PA DOH as an instructional guide to their county offices on how they plan to handle an influenza pandemic. As part of this guide, present at least 5 weaknesses or potential weaknesses that you find here. Additionally, comment on how and why personnel in county public health offices may be overwhelmed during a pandemic and what tasks they would have to address to assist in response to and mitigation of the disaster.
First, review the plan. When I describe a tool- what I mean is an aid- such as a brochure, talking paper or other form of guide that can assist the local governments (counties) in implementing and a brief plan on how to deal with a local pandemic.
As you design the tool, find 5 areas of weakness that may hinder or obstruct their ability to implement a plan- and provide a brief solution to that situation.
Remember you are trying to assist local government- help them with courses of action to minimize the weaknesses.
Please Write 4-5 pages following APA format:
- 12 Point Times Roman font; double space.
- Running head