Addressing vulnerable populations to enhance public health preparedness
This September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is focusing on vulnerable populations. Through the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC) and the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Center (NC PERRC) as well as direct funding from public health partners, resources to support your preparedness planning for vulnerable populations are listed below.
Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations (VARP) Resource Guide
NC PERRC has developed an innovative online mapping and resource guide to assist public health agencies in identifying and planning for vulnerable and at-risk populations for five states (GA, NC, NM, WA, WV). In June, NC PERRC launched the Guide on a more dynamic, interactive platform at www.VARPguide.com. Unlike other tools, the Guide combines a resource database with geographic information to provide a quick and user-friendly tool for local, state and tribal planning in public health, emergency management and healthcare.
Vulnerable Populations Online Trainings
The NCIPH Training Website offers a number of trainings covering various topics related to planning for vulnerable populations on topics ranging from preparedness planning for persons with disabilities and planning for vulnerable populations during specific events such as pandemic influenza. In addition, because of the support of the UNC PERLC, the Training Website offers a host of preparedness trainings on multiple preparedness topics.