The Trumbull Monroe Health District (TMHD) and the Stratford Health Department (SHD) held a successful public health drill, “Drive Thru Doxy,” in June at Bunnell High School in Stratford.

Local public health departments tested their capability to distribute medications in a drive-through format to residents using a mock scenario in which residents pretended to need emergency antibiotics. Volunteers from multiple organizations supported the drill and acted as patients coming to the clinic, where they received candy to represent antibiotics. TMHD and SHD distributed more than 300 packets of candy in under two hours.

“We [local public health] have never conducted an exercise of this magnitude before,” said Patrice Sulik, TMHD director of health. “The partnerships among the towns and departments of Trumbull, Monroe and Stratford was tremendous. We are pleased with the outcome of the drill and learned a great deal.”

Participants of the drill from Trumbull and Monroe included Trumbull Police Department, Monroe Police Department, Trumbull Emergency Management, Monroe Emergency Management, Stratford-Trumbull-Monroe Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Monroe CERT, Sacred Heart University. Other partners included Stratford Health Department, Stratford Police Department, Stratford Public Works Department, Stratford Board of Education, Stratford Emergency Medical Services, Stratford Emergency Management, other MRC Units from CT-Region 1, Stratford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Other CERT Units from CT-Region 1, CT Region 1 Communications Response Team (CRT), Lincoln Tech, and Porter & Chester Institute of Technology.

“We are grateful for the support of all partners,” Sulik said. “We could not have done this without them.”

This drill was made possible through grant money from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health.