Using Incident Commend System (ICS) to plan community health assessment forums: Riverside County, CA
In order to facilitate efficient planning and productive meetings, the DOPH Accreditation Steering Committee decided to use Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a systematic tool designed for the command, control and coordination of emergency response and DOPH has successfully used it to coordinate response and recovery efforts to public health emergencies. An ICS subject-matter expert from the DOPH Public Health Emergency and Response branch was appointed as incident commander. She coordinated weekly section chief meetings and briefed the Accreditation Steering Committee on developments.
DOPH staff were assigned section chief (Finance, Operations, Logistics, Planning), Liaison and Public Information roles based on their day-to-day functions. The Logistics and Planning Sections were further divided into units to assign staff to coordinate community meeting and staff schedules, presentation design, outreach plan and more. In addition to the successful coordination of more than 30 community forums throughout Riverside County, using ICS gave DOPH staff an opportunity to practice emergency response roles and helped DOPH fulfill PHAB accreditation prerequisite and domain requirements.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health administration or related administration
Describe the Incident Command System (ICS) and its functional use in non-emergency public health planning. Explain how ICS can be expanded or collapsed to fit the needs of the event. Discuss lessons learned by Riverside County DOPH in planning and conducting over 30 community forums to identify the health needs of its diverse population.
Keyword(s): Accreditation, Community Health Assessment
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PHAB accreditation coordinator for Riverside County Department of Public Health and was responsible for the coordination of all accreditation activities.
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.