CDC Support to State, Local Programs Bolsters National Health Security
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|Posted on: 01/29/2014|
Between 2012-2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported multiple state and local public health responses, helping to strengthen the front lines of public health defense and bolster the nation’s health security. Examples of these responses, as well as an assessment of state and select local preparedness, are included in 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness, the sixth annual report from CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response released today.
The report covers activities occurring during 2012 and 2013 and focuses on how federal investments enhance the nation’s ability to respond to public health threats, both domestically and internationally. The report includes fact sheets about the 50 states, four large metropolitan areas (New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles County), and eight U.S. territories funded by CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement. Each awardee is assessed on their public health laboratory testing capabilities, emergency operations coordination, and emergency public information and warning systems. The report also includes summaries about the responses to Hurricane Sandy, the West Nile Virus outbreak in Texas, the tornado in Joplin, Mo., and the Super Bowl preparation in New Orleans.
“CDC support for state emergency preparedness is vital to the health security of Americans,” says CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “The lives protected by the public health response to Hurricane Sandy, the fungal meningitis outbreak, and the tornadoes in Joplin are just a few examples of how communities and CDC can work together to protect the public's health when its needed most.”
Highlights from the report:
“The ability of our local and state health departments to be innovative and maintain a steady level of preparedness despite extensive budget cuts is reassuring,” says Ali Khan, MD, MPH, director CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. “However, preventing an erosion of our nation’s health security will be difficult in the current fiscal environment.”
This report, used in tandem with the recently released National Health Security Preparedness Index, an annual measure of the country’s health security at the national and state level, can help gauge America’s ability to prepare and respond to future public health threats.