As we did with the peanut-containing product recall in February, Community Voice Mail is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide accurate information to our clients about the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus (formerly known as "swine flu virus"). Nearly 60% of Community Voice Mail clients around the country are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and good health-related information is sometimes hard to come by. If you don't have a place to live, it's hard to access information, so we send it to our clients directly.
Using text approved by the CDC, we're sending broadcast voice messages to more than 15,000 clients, and email messages to 2,500 clients who have provided us with their addresses. We've also sent email and voice messages to our contacts at the 2,000 social service agencies that provide CVM in 45 cities around the country. As information changes and we're updated by the CDC, we'll send new messages through our network. You can listen to one of the broadcast voice messages we sent here.
When we sent the peanut-recall message in February, we received hundreds of voice responses from clients saying they wanted more health-related messages sent to them. We plan to continue our collaboration with the CDC and other great sources of health information.
Here are a couple authoritative resources about the H1N1 flu virus outbreak: