Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) held eight community engagement meetings to learn the public’s views on how they think scarce medical supplies should be distributed during a severe pandemic.
The meetings were held at various
locations across the county and were
conducted in four languages: English,
Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and
Vietnamese. The community members were
invited to make their voice heard on
important questions like:
- If vaccines are in short
supply, who should be vaccinated
- If we have a limited amount of
antiviral medications, who should
- If there aren’t enough
ventilators (breathing machines),
who should get them?
On July 6-8, 2011, HCPHES hosted a planning workshop during which over 100 response partners came together to address the
critical and complex problems related to mass care and mass casualties/mass fatalities during a severe influenza pandemic. Participants represented a wide-range of stakeholder groups including representatives from ambulatory service, hospital systems, traditional and non-traditional clinical surge, community services and volunteers, funeral and forensics, public health, public and private emergency management, and pre-hospital and fire. This multi-sector planning workshop identified strengths, strategies, gaps, and proposed solutions for many of the
issues that are certain to arise as a result of a severe influenza pandemic or other large outbreak of a highly contagious, highly fatal respiratory disease.