Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F13 - Measles in Hennepin County, Minnesota: Epidemiology, Community Engagement, and Incident Management for an Extended Infectious Disease Response in a Vaccine-Hesitant Cultural Community

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Bonaparte

In 2017, Hennepin County (MN) experienced the largest outbreak of measles in 20 years. From April to July, 70 cases were confirmed among residents of the county, with nine other associated cases occurring in other counties within Minnesota. Of the 79 total cases, 90% were unvaccinated, and 22 were hospitalized. The outbreak was concentrated in the Somali-Minnesotan community, which had low vaccination rates due to fears about the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine causing autism. In response, Hennepin County Public Health activated its Emergency Response Plan to manage the incident. Primary objectives were to assure isolation of active cases during their infectious period; assure compliance with social exclusion among non-immune contacts of actively infectious measles cases; and promote an accelerated vaccination schedule among non-immunized and under-immunized residents, per state health department guidance. Incident management also included community outreach and engagement, policy discussions with state health and human services departments, coordination with healthcare systems, and data-gathering and analysis. This session will share stories from the field, especially those related to unique and innovative strategies that were implemented around the provision of essential human services, addressing the challenges of excluding individuals who reside in homeless shelters, culturally-focused home visiting plans, and the implementation of a Point of Dispensing (POD) to administer Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

Keywords

Communicable Disease, Emergency Preparedness, Partnerships & Collaborations

Courtney Wetternach, MPH

Principal Planning Analyst
Hennepin County Public Health Department

Courtney Wetternach, MPH has been in the emergency preparedness field since 2002. She has eleven years of experience and expertise in public health preparedness activities related to medical countermeasure dispensing, NIMS/ICS, mass fatality, disaster behavioral health, health and medical coordination, training, exercise, performance management, and quality improvement. She also has five years of experience as the Emergency Management Director for a large hospital and clinic system in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area, where she worked with internal and external stakeholders, including EMS, law enforcement, and fire department partners. Currently, she is a Principal Planning Analyst for the Hennepin County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit. She has responded to multiple emergencies including the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse (2007), H1N1 pandemic influenza (2009), business continuity and IT failures (2006-2011), Republican National Convention (2009), Measles outbreak (2017), as well as many smaller incidents and events in both healthcare and public health.

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David Johnson, MPH

Health Statistics and Surveillance Program Manager
Hennepin County Public Health Department

Dave Johnson, MPH is the Health Statistics and Surveillance Manager at Hennepin County Public Health. His repsonsibilties include infectious disease prevention and control, immunization registry and community health assessment for the county. He holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, snowshoeing, reading cookbooks, cooking and eating.

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