Emergency Response Tools and Resources
Below is a list of available tools and resources that can assist when preparing for and responding to the needs of reproductive-aged women and infants before, during, and after public health emergencies. Many of these were developed collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners.
- Increasing Access to Contraception: A Toolkit for Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluationexternal icon: This toolkit includes information and tools used in the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CANexternal icon) program during the 2016–2017 Zika virus outbreak in Puerto Rico. It provides “how to” information for others who are interested in learning about, replicating, or adapting key components of the Z-CAN program. Z-CAN was developed by the CDC Foundation, in partnership with CDC, and established a network of trained physicians across Puerto Rico that provided women with client-centered contraceptive counseling and same-day access to the full range of FDA-approved reversible contraceptive methods at no cost.
- Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response Course: This web-based training highlights preparedness and response
resources and tools specific to the field of reproductive health in emergencies. It includes practical exercises and links to tools for collecting post-disaster data on pregnant and postpartum women. The course is available for federal, state, and local health care specialists and public health professionals. The estimated total time required to complete this course is 60 minutes.
- Pregnancy Estimator pdf icon[PDF – 495KB]: This tool estimates the number of pregnant women in a jurisdiction in the United States at any given point in time. It includes a simulated example pdf icon[PDF – 74KB], a point-in-time calculator form pdf icon[41 KB], and a geographic calculator excel icon[17KB] to estimate the number of pregnant women in a jurisdiction using Excel software. The tool can be used for preparedness and response efforts.
- Post-disaster Indicators for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants pdf icon[PDF – 816 KB]: This list includes common epidemiologic indicators for pregnant and postpartum women and infants who are affected by disasters, and offers suggested measurement approaches. This articleexternal icon describes the process for developing the post-disaster indicators.
- Sample Protocol for Using Post-Disaster Indicators for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infantspdf icon: This sample protocol exemplifies how post-disaster health indicators can be used when collecting supplemental information on pregnant and postpartum women.
- Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit: This web-based set of tools is designed to guide users through the planning, implementation, and analysis stages of conducting a reproductive health assessment after a disaster. The toolkit is not currently available online because of a planned update, please contact the CDC’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates, questions, or comments.