This article appeared at the National Indian Health Board site which has a page on flu, http://www.nihb.org/staticpages/ index.php?page=flu, which links to the other Federal sites.

IHS Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist Available (Draft) http://www.nihb.org/article.php?story=20060316194908599

Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 07:49 PM EST
Contributed by: Admin
Trying to identify all the areas (whether it is national, area, local, or community) that must be considered in pandemic influenza planning is a difficult task. To assist you in your efforts, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has developed the following checklist, based on materials developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (State and Local Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency for Canada (Pandemic Influenza Planning Considerations in On-reserve First Nations Communities). It identifies important, specific activities that can be completed now to prepare at the headquarters, area, local (service unit/health care facility), and community levels.

This checklist allows for a simple planning self-assessment. This checklist is being developed further to provide a more detailed Indian health system planning guide or Pandemic Influenza Workbook, focusing in detail on five (5) major areas that are key to a successful response to an influenza pandemic. In each section, a checklist is provided to provide a structured way for Area, Service Unit, or Tribal locations to identify specific elements that are needed along with specific names and contact information. The subject areas included are

  1. Leadership, Networking and Community Preparedness;
  2. Surveillance;
  3. Healthcare & Public Health Partners;
  4. Infection Control & Clinical Guidelines; and
  5. Vaccine and Antiviral Distribution and Use.

This planning guide is planned to be available by the end of March, 2006.
IHS Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist Draft (Microsoft Word Document) Last updated: 1/25/2006

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This checklist can also be found as an appendix within the IHS Pandemic Influenza Operational Plan…. This appendix outlines a checklist of key activities needed to plan an appropriate response to pandemic influenza at the headquarters, area, local (service unit/facility), and community level. Furthermore, this appendix delineates the respective roles and responsibilities of individuals of the various jurisdictions therein. Issues related to state, area, service unit, and community collaboration will be discussed in depth at each of the Pandemic Influenza State Summits….

The checklist is like the similar ones, steps to tick off but not the hows. Everyone in our region should download the document and check off how much planning you are aware of to date.

[I know we don’t have a public process in our area yet. One thing which is interesting is the number of beds and expected pateint load per IHS areas. It is bleak. (Locally, we have either 56 or 25 hospital beds in the regional hospital.)]

However, I found a workbook which seems to be a companion to the IHS Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist. It is called The Pandemic Influenza Workbook – A Planning Guide for American Indian/Alaska Native Communities and can be downloaded from the Urban Indian Health Institute. http://tinyurl.com/o46z2

Posted At: 5/2/2006 11:24 AM
Text:
IHS National headquarters, Area, local, and community planning for responding to pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has developed the following planning guide, based on materials developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (State and Local Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency for Canada (Pandemic Influenza Planning Considerations in On-reserve First Nations Communities). It identifies important, specific activities that can be completed now to prepare at local (service unit/health care facility), and community levels….Attachments: Pandemic Influenza Planning Workbook 4-26-06.doc

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