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NWCPHP to Evaluate Legal Barriers Toolkits

NWCPHP will assist the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in evaluating six legal barriers in public health emergencies toolkits for overall effectiveness and efficiency.

NWCPHP will assist the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by evaluating six toolkits about legal barriers encountered in public health emergency situations.

March 21, 2013

An evaluation by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)—for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—will look at six legal barriers toolkits to study their impact. The evaluation will help determine the extent to which the toolkits effectively convey information, increase knowledge of legal barriers in public health emergencies, improve user’s ability to navigate legal barriers, and create quality information for public health decision-making.

"The need to understand legal aspects of public health emergency planning is critical," says Claire Rainey, coordinator for the evaluation project and a former public health emergency preparedness planner. "Our team is eager to collect feedback about these toolkits and to be able to tell ASTHO and CDC how public health practitioners are using them."

The evaluation will utilize input from an online survey, which will be available on the ASTHO website and from virtual focus groups. In addition to the four content areas above, the evaluation will ask about toolkit design and format. Results of the evaluation will be used to improve the toolkits.

ASTHO is a nonprofit organization that works to formulate sound public health policy and ensure excellence in practice at the state level. ASTHO received funding from CDC to produce the toolkits.

Topics covered by the toolkits include: Emergency Authority and Immunity, Emergency Use Authorization, Emergency Volunteer, Public Health and Information Sharing, Public Health and Schools, and Scope of Practice.

NWCPHP offers a variety of evaluation services for public health organizations. For more information about how our team can work with your organization, contact Luann D’Ambrosio, Associate Director of NWCPHP.

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