CDC has issued a report on its activities related to public health emergency preparedness.
The report title is Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC’s Emergency Response. It was released by CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER).
The report reviews CDC preparedness goals (pre-event, during an event, and post-event) and describes its activities in five core public health functions: Health Monitoring and Surveillance, Epidemiology and Other Assessment Sciences, Public Health Laboratory Science and Service, Response and Recovery Operations, and Public Health System Support.
The APC program is mentioned on Page 43:
CDC provides funding and guidance to the National Association of County and City Health Officials to manage and implement the Advanced Practice Centers program. These eight centers participate in developing cutting-edge tools and resources to help local public health departments prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. In FY 2007, these centers provided two-day preparedness trainings to more than 500 local health departments.
We had our workshop here at the Public Health Preparedness Summit yesterday, and I wanted to thank everyone who attended, asked good questions, and provided useful suggestions and feedback. We will be posting our presentation slides as soon as we can. When they are posted, we’ll announce that here and our project web site at http://www.isr.umd.edu/Labs/CIM/projects/clinic/.
We hope to do this again next year in Atlanta, but perhaps we will have a more in-depth discussion for those who have some experience using computer models for POD planning. Please send us suggestions for workshop topics.
A reminder that Kay Aaby and Rachel Abbey (my collaborators from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center) and I will be leading a workshop on Preparing for Emergencies and Every Day: Planning with Computer Models at the 2009 Public Health Preparedness Summit in San Diego, California.
This workshop will be on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, in Room Harbor Island 1.
We invite everyone to join us to learn more about how computer models can help you plan not only for emergencies but also for more routine operations such as seasonal flu clinics.