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Community Pan-Flu Preparedness: A Checklist of Key Legal Issues for Healthcare Providers


The Community Pan-Flu checklist examines the critical legal and ethical issues involved in pandemic preparedness planning and response. This guidebook is a scalable tool designed to assist healthcare providers, public health agencies, and government officials in taking concrete steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. Some of the many issues that Community Pan-Flu covers include isolation and quarantine; altered standards of care; ethical obligations of duty to treat; protecting employees and maintaining operations; and business continuity.


  • Hospital Executives and Administrators
  • Emergency Physicians and Nurses
  • Public Health Officials
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management Personnel
  • First Responders
  • Members of the general public (Interested in how to prepare for a major public emergency

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"The ... AHLA [Community Pan-Flu Preparedness Checklist] is a valuable tool that should be embraced by the healthcare industry. I applaud the leadership of AHLA in producing this document ... "
Hon. Daniel R. Levinson
Inspector General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named AHLA’s Community Pan-Flu Preparedness: A Checklist of Key Legal Issues for Healthcare Providers as one of the top ten legal tools for emergency preparedness planning.
"The CDC appreciates AHLA's continued leadership in [pandemic legal preparedness], and the [Community Pan-Flu Checklist] is yet another important contribution to the legal preparedness toolkit."

Richard E. Besser, MD
Director, Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness & Emergency Response
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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