In addition to providing information about 2009 H1N1 flu and current response activities, this guide provides specific action steps you can take to help keep your community healthy by:
- Communicating health information effectively
- Supporting vaccination efforts
- Linking vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations to vital information and resources
- Expanding and adjusting organizational activities to help people stay healthy
It's not just a matter of faith.
Pandemic flu is a real threat, but there are specific, simple steps you can take to encourage the people you serve and care about to prepare.
It starts with leadership, your leadership.
You can lead by example, inspiring those who look up to you to take action and responsibility themselves — and to help others. Preparing now will help your congregation and community withstand the impact of a possible flu pandemic later — beginning with everyone right at home.
Please join us to spread the word. Here are specific ways you can take the lead:
- Share information — by e-mail, sermons or talks, bulletin and newsletter articles, with posters, flyers, workshops, discussion groups, events.
- Ask your congregation to get ready themselves, and help others in need.
- Host activities: workshops, presentations, a food and supplies drive.
- Use the toolkit and extras here to help your community know how to stay informed and make a plan, stock up to stay home, and stop germs from spreading.
Take the Lead Toolkit
Use the Take the Lead toolkit to prepare your community for a possible flu pandemic. Here are checklists, newsletter and e-mail templates, event ideas, health tips and more to help your congregation get ready now.
- Key Messages for Faith Leaders (PDF)
- Church/Mosque/Temple Bulletin Template (PDF)
- Stop Germs from Spreading - Downloadable posters and video
- One-Stop Access to Federal Avian and Pandemic Flu Information
- Faith-Based & Community Organizations’ Planning Checklist - Also available in Spanish (PDF)
Vermont Emergency Management