poison prevention and control. This does not mean that the responsible agencies would perform all the functions within their respective agencies. However, they would (1) take responsibility for developing the plan to accomplish the activities needed to ensure that the system is in place, with a set of uniform standards across the country; (2) convene and work with the other agencies, including the existing poison control center network, to implement the plan; and (3) work in partnership to develop a set of performance standards for all components of the system. One possible model for the development of performance measures for a state-federal partnership is the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant, which is administered by states, and the federal grants for MCH activi-

Examples as Applied to Poison Prevention and Control Services

1. Monitor population frequency of poisonings across the lifespan. Assess outcomes.

2. Assess factors contributing to poisonings. Develop policies and services for primary and secondary prevention.

3. Evaluate public education activities related to poisonings. Continuously review and evaluate poison control center functions and their efficiency and effectiveness. Ensure the availability and accessibility of poison control information to the entire public.

4. Assess and enhance the public’s knowledge about poison impact, prevention, and control.

5. Establish effective communication with community members regarding poisonings.

6. Apply population-based data to policy development for poison prevention and control.

7. Create and maintain a workforce that is competent in poison prevention and control. Educate health professionals on subjects related to poisonings.

8. Develop laws, statutes, and regulations that provide for optimal use of poison control centers and protect individuals in the workplace.

9. Create provisions for high-quality, culturally competent poison control center services. Ensure linkages among all parts of the public health and medical systems with poison control centers.

10. Identify best practices for poison control centers. Contribute to the evidence base for poison prevention and control through the funding and generation of new knowledge.

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