CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

Dates: 2010-2012

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Information Technology, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Emergency Preparedness and Response, State and Local Public Health

Recent incidents such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the Katrina storm related disaster, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks underscore the importance of communities being prepared for emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the critical need for state and local public health departments to partner with key organizations across a variety of community sectors to prepare for incidents that may significantly impact public health, medical, and/or mental/behavioral systems and services. CDC developed 15 public health preparedness capability standards for states to use for public health preparedness planning.

JSI developed and implemented a training needs assessment to determine training needs based on the capability standards, as well as to identify preferred training modes for state public health emergency preparedness professionals. JSI organized and planned two national public health emergency preparedness training conferences and two regional meetings to coordinate public health and hospital preparedness planning. JSI also created e-learning courses and two videos introducing CDC’s new public health capability standards: PHEP 101: A Model for State and Local Public Health Preparedness and PHEP 102: Overview of the Capabilities-based Approach to Public Health Emergency Preparedness