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Trends of Chronic Disease in a Large-Scale Combined Preparedness Exercise and Public Health Outreach Effort

Dara Grieger, MD, MPH, Resident Physician, URTGV Preventive Medicine Residency & Emilie Prot, DO, MPH, Regional Medical Director, DSHS Region 11. Presented in Poster Session, Prevention 2019, Pittsburgh PA.

Background

A growing body of evidence documents the adverse effects of disasters on those with chronic conditions, or non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Operation Lone Star (OLS) is a full-scale preparedness exercise conducted annually in South Texas for the purpose of simulating a public health emergency, such as a natural disaster.

Watch a video of OLS local press coverage.

Methods

We examined data from 2014-2018, inclusive, to assess the pattern of attendees with chronic diseases. Data sources included diagnosis worksheets, patients registered per day, number of medical visits per day, and total number of diagnosis given to both adult and pediatric patients.

Results

From 2014-2018, a total of 69,237 patients were registered across all sites of the OLS exercise. The mean annual number of patients registered was 9,626. For both adult and pediatric visits, the two most common diagnosis categories were "well visits" and diagnoses that fell into the category "other".

The point prevalence of the top 3 adult diagnosis (hypertension, obesity, and diabetes) remained relatively steady over the time period of interest.

Conclusion

Data tracked internally about OLS attendees by DSHS has allowed organizers to identify the pattern of needs in the local area, including those with chronic diseases. By routinely collecting data on the diagnoses of participants of a combined exercise, public health authorities are equipped to rapidly respond to the needs of individuals with NCD in the event of a large-scale disaster such as Hurricane Harvey.

Like the Prevention 2019 poster format? See this video for more information.

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Self-Identified Barriers to Drug-Related Cause of Death Reporting by Justices of the Peace—Texas, 2018

Presented at the American College of Preventive Medicine's annual conference, Prevention 2019.

For more information, contact Joel Massey at joel.massey@dshs.texas.gov


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Community Health Assessment: Disparities in Incidences of Sexually Transmitted Infections by Age Group, Sex, and Race in DSHS Public Health Region 7

Presented at the 2018 Texas Public Health Association's 94th Annual Education Conference.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Melville at Sharon.Melville@dshs.texas.gov


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Public Health Response to Rifampin-Resistant Human Brucellosis After Consumption of Unpasteurized Dairy Products

Presented at the 2018 Texas Public Health Association's 94th Annual Education Conference.

See also: Notes from the Field: Brucella abortus Vaccine Strain RB51 Infection and Exposures Associated with Raw Milk Consumption — Wise County, Texas, 2017

For more information, contact Joel Massey at joel.massey@dshs.texas.gov


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Assessment of Hepatitis B Virus Immunity Among Central Texas Veterans Diagnosed with HIV Infection

Texas Public Health Journal 2019 Jan;71(1);35-39.

For more information, contact Joel Massey at joel.massey@dshs.texas.gov


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Last updated August 27, 2019