Public Health Resources

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on public health emergencies, including pandemic influenza, disease outbreaks, and water crises. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a disease outbreak as an increase in cases of a disease that often happens quickly and is above what is normally expected in a group of people in a particular area (http://www.cdc.gov/ophss/csels/dsepd/SS1978/Lesson1/Section11.html). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a pandemic as a global disease outbreak (http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/about/index.html).

This installment covers these topics:
• Pandemic influenza (flu) planning that includes behavioral health, as well as preparedness and coping information
• Information about outbreaks of infectious diseases other than pandemic flu, including the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014 and 2015
• Water crises, including technological disasters like oil and chemical spills that can cause water crises, and their effects on behavioral health
• Communications to improve public health around a disaster
• General public health emergency preparedness and response

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Related Resources

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SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

In this hour-long webcast, health care providers relate lessons learned during a unique situation that arose in Texas during the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015: among people who needed to be placed in quarantine was someone who was homeless. Providers worked to find a quarantine site, stay in contact with him, provide support, and help him prevent his accidental transmission of the disease.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS, CDC)

The CDC mobile app gives users 24/7 access to timely, vital health information wherever they go, including information on disease outbreaks and preparedness and response for disasters and other emergencies. It provides automatic updates with important public health information and a variety of types of content such as stories, videos, podcasts, journals, and blogs.

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

This tip sheet from SAMHSA DTAC identifies signs of stress that are common during infectious disease outbreaks, ways to maintain physical and behavioral health, and signs that you may need help from a behavioral health professional.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This tip sheet describes the stress people may feel when they hear about an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as Ebola. It presents signs of stress and provides tips for lowering and managing stress. The English-language version is available here: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Dis....

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This part of the NCTSN's website links to sections with information about specific types of natural disasters and about pandemics, how to prepare for them, and how they may affect children and families. Also provided are ideas for preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as links to related resources.

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

This tip sheet explains sheltering in place, lists common reactions people have, and suggests ways to cope with the stress that sheltering in place often entails.

The Dialogue

This issue of The Dialogue, SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center quarterly newsletter, features articles about the response to Ebola in Africa, including measures taken to support the resilience of responders during and after their work, as well as the experience of a provider who helped with part of the response to Ebola in Dallas, Texas, when he and others were challenged with supporting the quarantine of an individual who had been exposed to Ebola and was homeless.

Health Map

The Outbreaks Near Me app provides users with real-time disease outbreak information. Users can search and browse outbreak reports on an interactive map and register for automatic alerts when there is an outbreak occurring in their area. HealthMap is a group of scientists and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital who offer the Outbreaks Near Me app and a website providing online information about disease outbreaks and public health issues and threats around the world.

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet identifies common reactions to social distancing, quarantine, and isolation and provides tips for staying healthy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This tip sheet explains social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, as well as common reactions to these situations, and presents tips for coping. The English-language version is available here: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Taking-Care-of-Your-Behavioral-Health-Du....

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses the possible reactions children may be having depending on their age range and gives tips for how adults can provide support to children during an outbreak. It is available in Spanish at https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA14-4886SPANISH/SMA14-4886SPANIS....

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This tip sheet explains how children and teens within specific age ranges may react to infectious disease outbreaks; provides tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers for helping children and teens to manage their reactions; and suggests things to say and do with Children and Youth DBHIS of specific ages. The English-language version is available here: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregiver....

Last Updated: 09/13/2016