Pandemic Flu Summit Targets CBO Preparedness

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Arming local community-based organizations with the ability to continue providing services during a crisis set off by an influenza pandemic will be top priority at a one-day conference on Tuesday, August 21.

The PanFlu Houston 2007 Community Summit aims to minimize gaps in the delivery of human services in the Houston area if and when an influenza pandemic occurs. Disruption of services could result, for example, in the cut off of assistance to the blind, help with daily activities for the frail, meal deliveries to homebound seniors, shelter services for the homeless or resettlement of newly arrived refugees.

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Sponsored by the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS), the free summit is set from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar.

"Agencies that do not become better informed or fail to develop response plans will be less likely to reduce risks within their operations," said David Ellison, bureau chief, Public Health Preparedness, HDHHS. "Lack of preparedness will have a great impact on their ability to maintain continuity of services for important segments of our population."

Community-based organizations will be urged to prepare by:

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