Access and Functional Needs Populations
State and local health departments must plan individually and collaboratively to meet the needs of access and functional needs (AFN) populations in emergencies. These populations are individuals with and without disabilities that may need assistance due to a temporary or permanent condition(s) that can hinder their ability to act during an emergency. Planning efforts will minimize the disproportionate impact disasters and public health emergencies can have on access and functional needs populations. Planning includes providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) for identified disproportionately affected populations in jurisdictions across Connecticut. In the event of a public health emergency, agencies and organizations should take into account the public health and medical needs of at-risk individuals, such as, but not limited to, children, pregnant women, older adults, and individuals with access and functional needs.
Below are links to resources and information that can assist agencies and organizations when conducting inclusive emergency preparedness planning with their communities.
Access & Functional Needs Categories
The following links provide resources and communication tips relative to specific access and functional needs (AFN) populations.
- Pregnant Women
- Individuals with Limited English Proficiency and Literacy
- Individuals with Limited Financial Resources
- Individuals with Limited Transportation
- Individuals with Disabilities
- Individuals with Chronic Health Needs
- Older Adults
- Functional Sources to Address AFN Populations and Links to Inform Plans
- Framework for Integrating Community Partners
For more information about any of these topics, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #13 OPHPR
Hartford, CT 06134
Main Desk: (860) 509-8282
General Fax: (860) 509-7160
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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