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Partnering for Medical Countermeasures

Providing medical countermeasures during a public health emergency is a complex task. Our new toolkit helps public health agencies know what they need to do to respond effectively.

Providing medical countermeasures during a public health emergency is a complex task. Our new toolkit helps public health agencies know what they need to do to respond effectively.

September 11, 2013

ProvidingĀ antibiotics, antivirals, vaccines, and other supplies effectively during emergencies requires coordinated public-private collaboration. Our new toolkit helps public health agencies accomplish this by partnering with hospitals, long-term care facilities, and pharmacies when the need arises.

The Partnering for Medical Countermeasure Distribution in Emergencies toolkit includes multiple formats of documents, videos, and slide sets that can be modified to meet your needs during a variety of disasters.

Key elements include:

  • Thirty-five minute training webinar: "Creating Strong Partnerships: Local Health Departments and Pharmacy Work Together in Emergencies"
  • Template memorandum of understanding and operational plan between a local health jurisdiction and a pharmacy
  • Discussion materials to actively engage community partners
  • Model documents for developing private medication center partnerships
  • Information on collaborative drug therapy agreements
  • Public education materials on anthrax, influenza, whooping cough, and more

Distributing vaccines and other supplies in an emergency is a critical activity. Thankfully, public health agencies can save time and resources by using the existing pharmacy infrastructure and these standardized materials to address the health and medical needs of their communities.

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