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Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Maternal and Child Health: Recommendations for the Local Health Department

Mueller, Natalie (2013) Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Maternal and Child Health: Recommendations for the Local Health Department. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

This essay uses recent scholarly articles on maternal and child health emergency preparedness to discover the current state of maternal and child health in public health emergency preparedness and make recommendations for the local health department. The essay includes detailed findings on subtopics that emerged from the literature. Sub-topics included are pregnant women, pediatric special care needs, providers, hospitals, communities, epidemic/pandemic influenza, and mental health. The essay concludes with a summary of the findings, including identifying specific populations with needs in a public health emergency, who can address the need, and the role of the local health department in addressing the need. The health department’s role is discussed in detail, primarily focusing on the health department’s ability to provide information and classes, supplies, coordination, communication, and support and development. This essay intends to help local health departments determine actions to take to improve preparedness to increase outcomes for maternal and child health during and after public health emergencies. The public health importance of maternal and child health emergency preparedness is that mothers and children are a vulnerable population often overlooked in emergency preparedness. The local health department can help increase this population’s outcomes by considering and supporting their unique needs. By including maternal and child health in emergency preparedness planning to accommodate their vulnerabilities and needs, the local health department can increase the health and safety of the population it serves.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mueller, Natalie
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBurke, Jessica Gjgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPotter, Margaret Amapotter@pitt.eduMAPOTTERUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 19:19
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 18:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20271

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