The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning Project: An Evaluation of Strategies for Engaging Rural Community Partners
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Rural communities frequently lack resources and sufficient formal government structures, requiring these communities to engage a diverse group of stakeholders in order to facilitate effective preparedness, response, and recovery processes. The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Planning Project was an interagency partnership between the USA Center for Rural Public Health Preparedness and the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 2/3 (HSR 2/3) to engage public and private rural community partners within HSR 2/3 in the development of pandemic influenza response plans. The USA Center conducted an evaluation focused on county participation, types of stakeholders participating, local versus regional delivery, and interactive versus non-interactive/didactic delivery strategies. These results suggest that interactive strategies held locally within communities over a period of time increase participation rates and diversity of stakeholder groups represented.