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Community assessment for public health emergency response (CASPER) toolkit. Second edition
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    CASPER toolkit
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    1. Executive summary -- 2. Background -- 3. Phase I: Prepare for CASPER -- 4. Phase II: Conduct the assessment -- 5. Phase III: Data entry and analyses -- 6. Phase IV: Write the report -- 7. CDC support -- 8. Conclusion -- 9. References -- 10. Additional sources of information -- Appendix A: Steps to merge the two Excel files downloaded from Census 2010 and to calculate cumulative housing units for selection of census blocks -- Appendix B: Question bank -- Appendix C: CASPER preparedness template -- Appendix D: Example questionnaire -- Appendix E: CASPER tracking form (sample) -- Appendix F: Confidential referral form (sample) -- Appendix G: Introduction and consent script (sample) -- Appendix H: Agenda for just-in-time training of field interview teams -- Appendix I: Sample Interview teams

    "Following any type of disaster, public health and emergency management professionals must be prepared to respond to and meet the needs of the affected public. The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) enables public health practitioners and emergency management officials to determine rapidly the health status and basic needs of the affected community. CASPER uses valid statistical methods to gather information about health and basic needs, allowing public health and emergency managers to prioritize their response and distribution of resources accurately. Without information on the community, public health officials may make decisions based on anecdotal information; such decisions may not accurately reflect the need of the entire community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch (HSB) published the first edition of the CASPER toolkit in 2009 and widely distributed the toolkit to the public health community. HSB developed this second edition to address partner feedback on the first edition and include advancements in technology and refinements in the methodology. This second edition is an updated guideline for field staff conducting CASPER. Public health department personnel, emergency management officials, academics, or other disaster responders who wish to assess household-level public health needs will find this toolkit useful for rapid data collection during a disaster response. CASPER may also be used for conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) or other community-level surveys during non-emergency situations." - p. 1

    The first edition of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch (HSB) in 2009. HSB has now developed this second edition to expand instruction and refine methodological procedures, including describing and incorporating advances in technology and recognizing the release of the U.S. Census 2010 data. HSB acknowledges the following individuals for their collaboration and commitment in the development of the second edition of the CASPER toolkit: Primary authors: Tesfaye Bayleyegn, Sara Vagi, Amy Schnall, Michelle Podgornik, Rebecca Noe, and Amy Wolkin

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit: Second edition. Atlanta (GA): CDC; 2012.

    CASPER Toolkit 2 0 final_07_03_2012

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