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What we have accomplished since receiving these funds:
1. Planning and Response:
- The health department is available 24/7 for public health emergencies.
- The PH-ERC participates in countywide and region-wide planning groups to coordinate and integrate local health department planning for responding to bioterrorism events, natural occurring disasters, new and emerging infectious diseases, and disease outbreaks with other preparedness activities.
- PH-ERC has written and coordinated the health department plan with the state plan to accept the prophylactic medications from Strategic Pharmaceutical Stockpile and/or Illinois Pharmaceutical Stockpile.
- 2009-2010 Implemented 26 Mass Vacination Clinics in response to the H1N1 Pandemic
2. Information Technology:
- Broadband high-speed Internet is now available for health department staff.
- A secure Internet connection between Illinois Department of Public Health and Madison County Health Department for transmission of confidential information has been established.
- A health department Web page was established for public to access information.
- Have become involved with the planning of an Interoperable Communication Structure.
3. Continuing Education:
- Yearly exercises have occurred including exercises in which this health department works with multiple other health departments on both sides of the river to practice responding regionally.
- Health department staff is receiving education via any number of methodologies such as satellite, internet, and traditional classroom.
4. Epidemiology (study of the occurrence and distribution of disease):
- Madison County's LEED and Communicable Disease staff has been active using the Illinois National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS). This system allows disease reporting to be done over a secure Internet line that will speed reporting, consequently speeding up the process of public health interventions and reducing the spread of disease in some situations. In addition, identifying trends in disease will be more accurate and efficient.