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1 Public Health Preparedness: Denton County Health Department’s Approach Health Emergency Alert Response Team Matt Richardson, MPH

2 Health Emergency Alert Response Team Who are we? Who are we? Jessica Gullion, PhD Epidemiologist Jessica Gullion, PhD Epidemiologist Matt Richardson, MPH Coordinator Matt Richardson, MPH Coordinator Jay Thatcher, BA Assistant Coordinator Jay Thatcher, BA Assistant Coordinator Cubby Gardner, RN Outbreak Manager Cubby Gardner, RN Outbreak Manager Melicia Brown, MPH Health Educator Melicia Brown, MPH Health Educator Sandra McKinneyAdministrative Manager Sandra McKinneyAdministrative Manager Randy Kesseler, DOPhysician Randy Kesseler, DOPhysician

3 HEART: What do we do? Planning and Preparedness Planning and Preparedness Current projects include: Current projects include: Smallpox Vaccination Program (Pre and Post-event) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) coordination and planning Epidemiology/Investigation of Communicable/Infectious disease Bioweapon-release Response Planning Countywide WMD exercise planning

4 CDRT Communicable Disease Response Team Communicable Disease Response Team School nurses School nurses Hospital Infection Control Hospital Infection Control Local Physicians Local Physicians Fire Fire Police Police EMS EMS Emergency Management Emergency Management University Health Centers University Health Centers

5 Epidemiology and Surveillance Epidemiologist Epidemiologist Improved Disease Reporting and Follow-up Improved Disease Reporting and Follow-up Expanded Surveillance Expanded Surveillance RedBat Surveillance software—will be countywide in 2-3 months RedBat Surveillance software—will be countywide in 2-3 months HEART serves as epidemiological investigation team HEART serves as epidemiological investigation team

6 Example: Monkeypox Animals shipped to Denton County from infected supply (Phil’s Pocket Pets, Chicago) Animals shipped to Denton County from infected supply (Phil’s Pocket Pets, Chicago) HEART investigated contacts in collaboration with municipal animal control and police departments HEART investigated contacts in collaboration with municipal animal control and police departments Testing performed on raccoon for Monkeypox— no confirmed cases in humans or pets in Denton County Testing performed on raccoon for Monkeypox— no confirmed cases in humans or pets in Denton County

7 Example: SARS Possible SARS contact exposure to resident Possible SARS contact exposure to resident Utilized Mobile Clinic for investigation of exposures and sample collection Utilized Mobile Clinic for investigation of exposures and sample collection Continuous on-site monitoring by clinical staff Continuous on-site monitoring by clinical staff Collaboration with CDC/Texas Department of Health/Dallas County Health and Human Services Collaboration with CDC/Texas Department of Health/Dallas County Health and Human Services

8 Emergency Communication Network Interoperability with “Countywide” communication (800 MHz encrypted radio system) Interoperability with “Countywide” communication (800 MHz encrypted radio system) Pager/Mobile communication for HEART Pager/Mobile communication for HEART 24/7 HOTLINE for emergency programming 24/7 HOTLINE for emergency programming Call Center planning with Denton County IT Call Center planning with Denton County IT Broadcast Fax to Physicians/Veterinarians Broadcast Fax to Physicians/Veterinarians

9 GIS and Health Informatics Partner with Denton County GIS to create unique graphical tools Partner with Denton County GIS to create unique graphical tools Epidemiological overlays Epidemiological overlays Population-based Clinic/Dispensing site locations Population-based Clinic/Dispensing site locations WNV and Rabies Mapping WNV and Rabies Mapping

10 How to contact us: Matt Richardson, MPH Matt Richardson, MPH (940)


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