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The Home Health Care Workforce: Essential Community Partners in Preventing Transmission of Viral Respiratory Illness: Seasonal Influenza and Pandemic Influenza (PREP 2103)The Home Health Care Workforce: Essential Community Partners in Preventing Transmission of Viral Respiratory Illness: Seasonal Influenza and Pandemic Influenza (PREP 2103)

Home Health Care (HHC) personnel already perform community-based health care through a broad-based home care delivery system, and, thus, are essential community partners in any public health emergency. An introduction of basics infection control methods and examples of day to day tasks performed by HHC aides, emphasizing key principles and methods of disease control in the home healthcare client and in the community. A H1N1 case study further illustrates the critical role played by home health in preventing transmission of viral respiratory illness such as seasonal influenza and a pandemic influenza. 

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Estimated Length: 1 hour(s) and 15 minute(s)


Name View Schedule
Online Lesson1. Pre Test -
Online Lesson2. Course Material - The Home Health Workforce: Essential Community Partners in Preventing Transmission of Pandemic Influenza and Other Viral Respiratory Diseases -
Online Lesson3. Post Test -
Online Lesson4. Satisfaction Survey -


Course Objective:

The purpose of this course is to:

  •  Promote understanding among home health care aides of the role they play in a health and public health emergency response.
  •  Emphasize the role that personal preparedness plays in professional preparedness. 

Key Messages:

  • Pandemic influenza is NOT the same disease as season influenza.
  • Disease transmission can be bi-directional: Client to Home Health aide and from Home Health aide to client. 
  • Home health care aides tasks are essential in a community response to health and public health emergencies.
  • Personal Preparedness is interdependent with Professional Preparedness.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities:

  • Community Preparedness
  • Volunteer Management


Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (CDC):

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  • 1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.
  • 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  • 1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.
  • 1.6 Act within the scope of one's legal authority.
  • 2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
  • 3.3 Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to program, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).
  • 3.4 Refer matters outside of one's scope of legal authority through the chain of command.
  • 4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe at least 3 differences between pandemic and seasonal influenza.
  • Identify key characteristics of pandemic influenza including geographic distribution, person-to-person spread, signs and symptoms, and at-risk populations.
  • Name methods to limit disease spread: 1 medical and 3 non-medical.
  • List 3 tasks home health care aides may perform, in addition to routine duties, in the event of a pandemic.
  • Explain the link between personal preparedness and professional preparedness.
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