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Strategic National Stockpile and Medical Countermeasures

Public Health Meeting Catastrophic Demand with Timely Interventions

For local health departments (LHDs), a critical aspect of responding to a public health emergency is knowing how to dispense and distribute medical countermeasures (MCMs). Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO's MCM project staff collect, develop, and disseminate resources that will help LHDs in their MCM planning and implementation efforts 

In the Spotlight

During a June 2015 webinar presenters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO, and a local health department provided insight on strategies to help overcome common challenges experiences while completing the Operational Readiness Review (ORR). Presenters provide a brief overview on how the ORR tool changed from budget period 3 (BP3) to BP4, strategies and tools to help with identifying ORR documentation, and steps for health departments to complete as the date of the ORR approaches in their jurisdiction. Tools discussed in this webinar include crosswalk documents linking previous evaluation metrics to the ORR and the CDC's ORR Preparation Guide. For additional resources to assist with the completion of the ORR in your jurisdiction, visit:

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Incorporating Populations with Functional and Access Needs into MCM Planning

In the event of an emergency, populations with functional and access needs may require additional assistance to get the information and resources they need to stay safe and healthy. MCM planners have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that a "whole community" approach is taken when developing their response plans in order to ensure that everyone has equitable access to live-saving interventions. Taking the appropriate steps to identify the specific needs of your jurisdiction's population and developing strategies to account for those needs are essential. For resources to assist with MCM planning for populations with functional and access needs, visit:

New Publication

POD-infographicThe Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and NACCHO conducted an extensive survey to determine how state, local, and territorial health departments conduct Closed POD outreach and planning efforts with organizations in their jurisdictions. The report describes which organizations are targeted for outreach and identifies challenges health departments face when implementing Closed POD programs. The report identifies specific recommendations that are needed based on the common challenges and barriers to Closed POD planning and the results will be used to inform future federal resource development. See the report and webinar for more information on survey results, Closed POD planning resources, and future federal planning actions. Additional resources to assist with Closed POD planning can be found below:

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Alternative Methods of Dispensing
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The MCM project has developed four practical references highlighting alternative methods of dispensing that are useful for local health departments that would like to utilize a similar model in their response plans. The highlights include background information, pros and cons of utilizing the model, and the costs and resources needed to implement the model. Click on the following links to read the highlight articles:
Medical Countermeasures Toolkit

NACCHO's Toolbox is an online source for various MCM-related resources related to emergency planning and response involving the distribution and dispensing of MCMs. These resources include novel approaches to operational-based planning and exercises, presentations, factsheets, protocols, templates, training materials, and How-To-Guides for MCM distribution and dispensing. Click on the following link to learn more about the MCM Toolkit and how to contribute new tools to the toolbox.

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Medical Countermeasures Workgroup

NACCHO's Medical Countermeasures Workgroup focuses on issues related to medical countermeasures preparedness planning and implementation efforts. The workgroup seeks to align its work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities 8 and 9 and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise strategy. The Medical Countermeasures Workgroup is a new addition to NACCHO, incorporating the issues once addressed by the Strategic National Stockpile and Pandemic Influenza Workgroups. Membership includes local health officials and public health preparedness professionals.

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