HHS Reponds to Swine Flu Outbreak

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For Immediate Release
April 27,2009

NEW: HHS Reponds to Swine Flu Outbreak

Because of the outbreak of human infections from the newly discovered swine influenza A (swine flu) virus, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a formal declaration of a Public Health Emergency (PHE). The PHE is a tool that will facilitate a mobilization strategy in response to the virus and will help HHS prepare for prevention and mitigation activities. For more information please read the full HHS news release.

NACHC is closely monitoring the situation and is coordinating with federal agencies to ensure a timely response to developments.  Community Health Centers should contact their state/regional Primary Care Associations (S/RPCAs) for questions and information.  S/RPCAs may contact Mollie Mellbourne, NACHC’s Director of Emergency Management, at mmellbourne@nachc.com.

For press inquries, please contact Amy Simmons, NACHC’s Director of Communications, at asimmons@nachc.com.

For clinical questions, health centers may email coca@cdc.gov

FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS:
A widget on your home page can link folks to the latest swine flu info–
HHS Widgets Library

Other Resources and Links:

CDC Swine Flu Update

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance for Infection Control in a Health Center Setting:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

CDC Interim Guidance for Antiviral Use

Cough Etiquette in Health Care Settings
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infectioncontrol/resphygiene.htm

Info in Spanish: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/swine_esp

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Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) which serve more than 18 million people through 7,000 sites located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. NACHC’s website is www.nachc.com.

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce. Approximately 650 Community HealthCorps members serve in 35 partner organizations and 4 affiliate organizations at more than 150 delivery sites across 16 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information about Community HealthCorps, please visit www.communityhealthcorps.org.

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~ by marbleroad on April 27, 2009.

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