Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Resources
1.2 million Gulf Coast residents evacuate in anticipation of the storm...163,105 children in Louisiana and Mississippi are displaced following the storm...50,000 children in the region do not attend school during the 2005-06 school year six months after Katrina...the last of 5,192 children is united with family...37 percent of Louisiana Children experience clinically-diagnosed depression, anxiety, or behavior disorder.
Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
Over a decade ago, the nation faced tremendous threats during the September 11th and anthrax tragedies. Medical and public health professionals were immediately called on to respond to the crisis, and responded heroically—despite limited resources. It quickly became clear that public health system needed to be updated in order to respond to emergent health threats, giving rise to the notion of public health preparedness: the ability of our public health system to quickly, effectively, and actively respond to any health disaster that may strike. Prevention, identification, and containment of disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and natural disasters remain pivotal components of a public health system which is prepared to address the needs of the country.
The 2009–2010 H1N1 novel influenza A pandemic revealed serious underlying gaps in our nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies.1 H1N1 is the latest in a string of public health crises Americans have faced in the past decade, which have included a nationwide food-borne disease outbreak in June and July of 2008, natural disasters like the California wildfires in August 2007 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and man-made disasters including the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax mailings in October of the same year. These public health emergencies have tested our nation’s ability to respond to threats.
A Major Gap in More than Half of the States' Disaster Preparedness Regulations for Child Care Facilities Puts Many Vulnerable Children at Risk, Save the Children Reports. Called "The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the report assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children in child care and at school. Three of the standards focus on child care facilities and the fourth is for schools.
Shouldn’t America try to prevent diseases, instead of just treating people after they’re already sick, and it’s often too late? Just three of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
Just 10 of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
See leading experts discuss the risks associated with disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and bioterrorism; how recent budget cuts are affecting preparedness, and what America can do about it.
CDC on Emergency Preparedness and Response
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
CDC on Public Health and Natural Disasters
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.
CDC on the Strategic National Stockpile
A CDC website offering background on the Strategic National Stockpile.
CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Page
CDC works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. When states are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, communities are better protected. CDC plays a critical role in preparing states because of its unique expertise in responding to infectious, occupational, or environmental incidents.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2008, CDC issued its first progress report on public health preparedness with state-by-state information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases
The National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases protects global populations from emerging infectious diseases through surveillance, research, and prevention.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--West Nile Virus
The Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases includes information with surveillance, statistics and control of west nile virus. The website also includes a map reflecting West Nile Virus activity in the United States.
Coordinating and Integrating Community Prevention, Public Health, and Primary Care: Building an Inventory of Evidence and Developing the Business Case
Over the last several years, a growing consensus has emerged that our health system, to succeed, must commit to an approach that incorporates what has become known as the triple aim: improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations. Through implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and through experiments generated in communities across the nation, policy makers, health systems, and public health officials are all struggling with how to define each element of the triple aim, including what it means to – and how we should go about – improving the health of populations. To that end, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and the Kresge Foundation, held a convening with key stakeholders designed to move from anecdote to evidence in order to build the business case for integrating and coordinating primary care, public health and community prevention – with the goal of improving population health and reducing health care costs.
Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
A comprehensive and authoritative journal emphasizing public health preparedness and disaster response for all health care and public health professionals globally.
Fred Friendly Seminar: Reporting on Terrorism
"Reporting on Terrorism: the News Media and Public Health," was the centerpiece of the two-day conference at Columbia University in January 2004. Using a hypothetical scenario, the panelists explore the news media's role in a major urban health crisis in an American city. Fred Friendly Seminars, Inc. produced the conference in collaboration with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments (LHDs).
National Center for Disaster Preparedness
The NCDP is an academically-based resource center based at at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, dedicated to the study, analysis and enhancement of the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to major disasters, including terrorism.
National Terror Alert Response Center
NationalTerrorAlert.com is a private homeland security blog and not affiliated with any government agency. They archive and comment on homeland security related news items from a variety of news sources, as well as provide immediate updates on breaking stories, bulletins and any changes in status to Homeland Security advisories.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
ASPR coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other Federal departments, and State and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness, to protect civilians from bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
Rand Public Health Preparedness Database
This website contains a searchable database of exercises used to evaluate public health preparedness.
The American Hospital Association
The AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Close to 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia.
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