Emerging Infections and Outbreak Response
NACCHO increases the capacity of local health departments to prevent and control infectious diseases in their communities. NACCHO regularly shares the local health department perspective on national infectious disease policies, priorities, and guidance documents and connects local health departments with strategies, tools, and resources to enhance their preparedness for infectious diseases.
During emerging infectious disease situations and outbreaks, NACCHO provides local health departments with tools, resources, and rapidly changing guidance to ensure that they can more effectively prepare and respond. NACCHO also convenes the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control workgroup to provide a forum for discussing infectious disease prevention and control-related priorities, policies, and funding to raise with CDC and other national partners. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a topic or issue for consideration by the workgroup.
A free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the community.
NACCHO has partnered with Skoll Global Threats Fund to increase the capacity of local health departments to engage in digital disease detection and inform the potential of using the internet and other mobile technologies to plan for and detect pandemics and emerging infections.
Through Flu Near You, thousands of volunteers answer a brief, weekly digital questionnaire about their health for crowd-sourced influenza surveillance. NACCHO is sharing Flu Near You data with local health departments to determine how those data can supplement other influenza surveillance strategies and will partner with local health departments and pharmacies to promote Flu Near You. To get more involved with Flu Near You, sign up at https://flunearyou.org.
The following resources can also be of use to your LHD as you prepare for emerging infections.