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One State’s Workable Plan for Reaching Vulnerable Populations in Widespread Emergencies

January 1, 2010

A fundamental paradox underlies planning to identify and reach vulnerable populations in a widespread emergency. The paradox is that identifying special populations and their needs requires resources that are available mostly to over-arching organizations, such as states, but only a local community can really understand and reach its own special populations. The paradox is compounded by the demands of daily public health work, and lack of staff and lack of funding often prevents comprehensive planning at every level.