Case Study 3

Formation of Community Partnerships to Prepare for H1N1

Marc C. Marchese

During influenza pandemics the medical community and the general public need up-to-date information. This information must be easy to understand and readily available for large numbers of people if the pandemic occurs. The time to prepare the information is long before the outbreak of disease so that individuals will know what to do if and when public health authorities begin to report the disease. This type of information development and distribution works best if several agencies work together on the project because collaboration often yields more ideas and available resources.

The IOM (2002) has argued that the use of information technology in the improvement ...

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