Journal article Open Access
Liu, Jiayan; Li, Yijing
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic in early 2020 triggered off worldwide concerns for epidemic prevention as a coping strategy against public health crises. Facing the epidemic which has been characterized by wide spreading range and a long incubation period, communities have become the frontier in the war against it. At the same time, various problems have been exposed at the community level, including the lack of epidemic prevention planning, the high workload of community staff, and the insufficient public awareness on public health, etc. Focusing on the construction of Taiwan’s community epidemic prevention system, this paper elaborates the significance and necessity of the community’s participation in epidemic prevention based on a systematic literature review and policy study. It analyzes the restructuring and transition of a community epidemic prevention system and the primary strategies of community epidemic prevention planning, community health building, community health resources networking, community epidemic prevention practice, and the emergency planning in response to the novel coronavirus epidemic. It finally summarizes the methods of building a sustainable community epidemic prevention system.
CCPR_Sept2020_44to54_Taiwans Community Epidemic Prevention.pdf