Lessons Learned From Local Health Departments

Meeting the Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness During Local WASH-Related Emergencies

Feb 09, 2024 | Rebecca Rainey

Vulnerable people experiencing homelessness are often not included in preparedness planning for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related emergencies. NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), worked with five local health departments (LHDs) to update their emergency plans to address this gap and capture their lessons learned.

These five LHDs spent one year updating their plans, connecting with each other through peer-to-peer sharing sessions, and receiving technical assistance from NACCHO and CDC. At the end of this technical assistance program, NACCHO conducted key informant interviews with the five LHD grantees to capture their experiences and findings from this work.

The findings from these interviews are captured in a new article in the March/April 2024 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), “Lessons Learned From Local Health Departments: Updating Preparedness Plans to Address People Experiencing Homelessness During WASH-Related Emergencies.”

Click here to read the article.


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