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Partnering for Medical Countermeasure Distribution in Emergencies

This toolkit helps you work with key stakeholders to develop a system for the distribution of medical countermeasures (such as antibiotics, antivirals, vaccines, and supplies) during public health emergencies involving public health agencies, hospitals, long term care facilities, and pharmacies.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Tools and Resources

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: Varies

Cost: Free

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Description

This toolkit helps you work with key stakeholders to develop methods for the dispensing of medical countermeasures (such as antibiotics, antivirals, vaccines, and supplies) during public health emergencies involving public health agencies, hospitals, long term care facilities, and pharmacies. There is growing recognition that providing medical countermeasures effectively requires coordinated public-private collaboration and that those roles need to be better defined.

Objectives

These resources are for others to modify and use in their own preparedness planning and during events to improve the provision of medical countermeasures. Because most agencies will repurpose these resources, we have deliberately left most of the materials in the original format. The facilitated discussions help agencies talk through a realistic scenario of an outbreak.

Intended Audience

Public health agencies and pharmacies. 

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Tools and Resources

Format: Toolkits and Guides

Time: Varies

Cost: Free

Format

The toolkit content on this page includes multiple formats, such as documents, videos, PowerPoint® slide sets, and links to resources. The materials are as follows:

MOU and Operational Plan

A template Memorandum of Understanding for use between a Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and a pharmacy is included along with an operational plan for its use and a training webinar.

Facilitated Discussion Material

These materials will help you host a facilitated discussion with your agency and stakeholders that simulates an event requiring the involvement of community organizations in the use of medical countermeasures. The scenario was developed to address specific objectives and to actively engage all players in group discussion. The included PowerPoint® slide set will introduce the exercise and its purpose to all participants. The slide set can and should be adapted by each organization to maximize its applicability and usefulness. Details regarding the role, size, location and number of personnel should be added to make the scenario as realistic as possible. Notes have been included with each slide to help facilitators narrate the slides effectively.

Private Medication Center Partnership Materials

These are materials regarding the Private Medication Center Partnership established by Public Health - Seattle & King County which helped to streamline forms and procedures across local health jurisdictions within Washington State and can inform the creation of private medication center partnerships elsewhere. Medication centers are locations where medications from the federal Strategic National Stockpile can be provided to affected persons during a medical emergency. By becoming a Private Medication Center, you will receive and dispense medications from the federal stockpile directly to your employees and their families.

Additional Resources

These resources include information pertaining to the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures.

Continuing Education

Go to the Washington State Pharmacy Association website for information on earning continuing education credits for watching the training webinar.

Curriculum Development Team

The Medical Countermeasures for Public Health and Healthcare Organization Partnerships toolkit was developed by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, in collaboration with Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Competencies

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