On Public Health Security - July 2015 - PHPR Priorities

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PHPR Priorities



On Public Health Security
July 2015
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Stephen C. Redd

Dear Partners,

When I became the PHPR Director in January, it was with a firm commitment to build upon the great foundation of preparedness work ongoing at CDC and with our federal, state, local, and private sector partners. Over the last six months, I have been struck by the commitment of CDC staff and our partners to be as ready as possible for the next emergency. As we continue to move forward together, I want to share with you PHPR’s three overarching priorities now and for the future.

Getting to Zero Ebola Cases in West Africa. While the situation in West Africa has improved in the last year, there is more work to be done. There are still Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, some of which originate from unexplained chains of transmission – meaning some cases have not been identified. As long as there is Ebola in West Africa, this disease remains a threat everywhere. PHPR is committed to assist the affected countries get to zero new cases of Ebola. Our contributions to global health security play a critical role as we work to improve public health in affected countries.

Measuring the Impact of PHPR’s Programs. We must strengthen our performance measurement framework in order to better demonstrate the impact of our preparedness and response efforts. PHPR recently embarked on a task of enhancing or developing outcome measures for each of our four divisions. This work will lay the foundation for ongoing improvement in our programs and will help ensure that we are using our limited resources to maximum effect. I look forward to sharing more on this important project in the future.

Enhancing PHPR Collaborations with Partners. Partners play a critical role in the initial steps of an emergency and throughout a response. We must enhance our effectiveness with partners to improve current preparation and future responses. A government-centric approach to national health security is not enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. Continuing to forge strategic alliances with diverse stakeholders is a critical step as we work to keep America safe from all health, safety, and security threats.

PHPR remains committed to saving lives by working to accomplish our top priorities and leveraging resources to achieve the greatest benefit. As mentioned in last month’s eNews, I will use this newsletter as an opportunity to hear from you. Today, I would like to focus on understanding the needs of your organization. Please take a moment to share your organization’s top preparedness priorities by sending your responses to PHPRPartners@cdc.gov. Working together, we can best prepare for future threats and respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies.

Thank you,
Stephen C. Redd, MD
Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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