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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157947
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Emergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix: Measuring All-Hazard Rural Readiness
Abstract:
Emergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix: Measuring All-Hazard Rural Readiness
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2005
Author:Kuntz, Sandra, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Montana State University College of Nursing
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Jane Smilie, Janet Wang
Purposes/Aims: Emergency readiness (preparedness and response capacity) has been the focus of attention by local, state, and national agencies since the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks and the subsequent anthrax events. To determine the level or degree of local public health agency preparedness, this study sought to ascertain a single numerical score to establish a baseline measure by which future assessments might be gauged. The Emergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix (EPSM) was created to extrapolate this point-in-time measure and give individual agencies a starting point preparedness score. Conceptual Basis: Fetterman's (1996) empowerment evaluation theory formed the organizing framework and purpose for this study of public health program improvement. Methods: The Montana Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capacity Assessment created a critical capacities baseline with local officials documenting by self-report, the current status of local agency activity in six specific focus areas: a) preparedness planning and readiness assessment; b) surveillance and epidemiology capacity; c) laboratory capacity; d) communications and information technology; e) risk communication; and f) workforce education and training. To establish the EPSM items, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services focus area leaders evaluated and validated item inclusion and scoring. In addition, state-level expertise regarding critical capacities for local agencies reflected in the Gap Analysis Tool developed by Smilie (2003) was utilized to pinpoint specific features critical to preparedness in a rurally populated state. A summary score was calculated from the 42-item EPSM. Results: A total of 53 counties (94%) and three of seven Montana tribes (42%) completed the Capacity Assessment. The total possible EPSM score was 50 points signifying all basic critical capacity indicators were met with respondent scores ranging from as low as 3.33 to 33.33 out of 50. The results were grouped by categories of low preparedness (0-10), moderate preparedness (10.01-20) and high preparedness (20.01+) to identify the distribution of scores related to jurisdiction size. Eighteen jurisdictions scored in the low preparedness category with all but one medium-size jurisdiction classified as small (frontier) jurisdictions (17/18). Twenty-seven jurisdictions received medium preparedness scores (18 small, six medium, and three large jurisdictions). Six large, one medium, and one small jurisdiction scored in the high preparedness range. Implications: This research created a baseline and provides an opportunity for future preparedness scoring comparison to determine progress and provide feedback to counties and tribes working to improve all-hazard readiness.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEmergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix: Measuring All-Hazard Rural Readinessen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157947-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Emergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix: Measuring All-Hazard Rural Readiness</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kuntz, Sandra, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Montana State University College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">skuntz@montana.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Jane Smilie, Janet Wang</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purposes/Aims: Emergency readiness (preparedness and response capacity) has been the focus of attention by local, state, and national agencies since the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks and the subsequent anthrax events. To determine the level or degree of local public health agency preparedness, this study sought to ascertain a single numerical score to establish a baseline measure by which future assessments might be gauged. The Emergency Preparedness Scoring Matrix (EPSM) was created to extrapolate this point-in-time measure and give individual agencies a starting point preparedness score. Conceptual Basis: Fetterman's (1996) empowerment evaluation theory formed the organizing framework and purpose for this study of public health program improvement. Methods: The Montana Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capacity Assessment created a critical capacities baseline with local officials documenting by self-report, the current status of local agency activity in six specific focus areas: a) preparedness planning and readiness assessment; b) surveillance and epidemiology capacity; c) laboratory capacity; d) communications and information technology; e) risk communication; and f) workforce education and training. To establish the EPSM items, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services focus area leaders evaluated and validated item inclusion and scoring. In addition, state-level expertise regarding critical capacities for local agencies reflected in the Gap Analysis Tool developed by Smilie (2003) was utilized to pinpoint specific features critical to preparedness in a rurally populated state. A summary score was calculated from the 42-item EPSM. Results: A total of 53 counties (94%) and three of seven Montana tribes (42%) completed the Capacity Assessment. The total possible EPSM score was 50 points signifying all basic critical capacity indicators were met with respondent scores ranging from as low as 3.33 to 33.33 out of 50. The results were grouped by categories of low preparedness (0-10), moderate preparedness (10.01-20) and high preparedness (20.01+) to identify the distribution of scores related to jurisdiction size. Eighteen jurisdictions scored in the low preparedness category with all but one medium-size jurisdiction classified as small (frontier) jurisdictions (17/18). Twenty-seven jurisdictions received medium preparedness scores (18 small, six medium, and three large jurisdictions). Six large, one medium, and one small jurisdiction scored in the high preparedness range. Implications: This research created a baseline and provides an opportunity for future preparedness scoring comparison to determine progress and provide feedback to counties and tribes working to improve all-hazard readiness.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:21:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:21:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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