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Local Health Departments Lead Two New Pilot Projects

The Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) has awarded funding for two pilot projects that focus on public health preparedness and emergency response capabilities.
Local Health Departments Lead Two New Pilot Projects

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March 24, 2011

The Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC) has awarded funding for two pilot projects that focus on public health preparedness and emergency response capabilities. Funding for these projects is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The first project is "Understanding Communication Channels in the Somali Community" and is based at Public Health - Seattle & King County. Its goal is to understand the best methods for disseminating emergency messages in the Somali community in King County, particularly in the New Holly neighborhood in the Rainier Valley and the City of SeaTac. Building on established relationships in the Somali Community, the pilot project will partner with community leaders and organizations to rapidly test and disseminate emergency messages through these trusted leaders. A key partner on the project is the Somali Community Services Coalition.

The second pilot study seeks to determine the best methods for sending urgent public health messages to people who are homeless in Kitsap County, Washington. Previous studies have found that the county's homeless community is the least likely to rely on standard communications methods such as television, the Internet, and newspapers. Researchers from the Kitsap County Health District will test communications methods identified from earlier focus groups, such as a scripted messages sent by e-mail to key people who will pass the information on in-person at community meal sites and shelters.

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