218568 Novel Influenza A H1N1 Epidemic of Spring 2009: Report of an After Action Workshop

Monday, November 8, 2010

Alina Dorian, PhD , Center for Public Health and Disasters, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Steven J. Rottman, MD , Center for Public Health and Disasters, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH , Center for Public Health and Disasters, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Bindu Tharian, MPH, CHES , UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, Los Angeles, CA
Because mass population public health emergencies are uncommon, it is important to review the parameters involved in the responses they elicit. The introduction of a novel influenza virus into the human population during the spring of 2009 resulted in a series of unprecedented local, state and federal responses. A wide variety of actions were taken to simultaneously define the communicability of the virus, conduct surveillance related to disease impact, and produce containment guidance for health departments, schools, businesses, and the general public even as the spread of this influenza continued to evolve. A two-day workshop was convened on September 21-22, 2009 by the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters to explore the actions and decisions taken during the early months of the pandemic. Ninety one leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, and other agencies engaged in plenary panel presentations as well as facilitated discussions across four working groups: epidemiology; public health risk communication; local public health actions; and providing health care. Findings of the working groups were discussed in plenary sessions that included all workshop participants. Ten recommendations were derived from the two days of discussions, three of which were acted upon within 60 days of the conclusion of the workshop

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Occupational health and safety
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the rationale for updating and highlighting official guidance posted concerning management of this pandemic. 2. Discuss the implications of different recommendations concerning the use of N95 respirators by health care workers who might be exposed to patients with novel influenza A H1N1 infections. 3. Describe the rationale for providing basic risk communication training for epidemiologists who might communicate with Public Information Officers or directly with the media.

Keywords: Disasters, Infectious Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct the Center that conducted this activity and was the Chair of the After Action workshop described in this abstract/paper.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.