Listen Now: “Not Your Everyday Activation: Mobilizing Emergency Response in Hepatitis A Outbreaks” Town Hall

Since 2017, multiple states have been engaged in outbreak responses as a result of increased cases of Hepatitis A. In a June 2018 Health Alert Advisory, the Centers for Disease Control stated that of the more than 1,900 reports for which risk factors are known, more than 1,300 (68%) of the infected persons report drug use (injection and non-injection), homelessness, or both. Vaccination remains a cornerstone for controlling outbreaks in communities. However, the circumstances that affected populations face, such as transience, economic instability, and limited access to health care pose challenges to mounting a successful vaccination campaign and public health response.

To address these issues, NACCHO and ASTHO hosted a town hall session, “Not Your Everyday Activation: Mobilizing Emergency Response in Hepatitis A Outbreaks,” at the 2019 Preparedness Summit. During the session, panelists discussed what it takes to manage a sustained response to a hepatitis A outbreak, how to leverage community partnerships to support operations, and strategies for reaching populations in need.

Listen to the session recording.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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