On Public Health Security - July 2013

Just launched: PHPR partner website!

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July 2013  
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Dr. Ali S. Khan

Dear Partners,

In the February issue of On Public Health Security, I stated that CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) is renewing its focus on partnerships. One of the key elements of this renewed focus is the creation of a virtual space to highlight PHPR and partner activities.  Therefore, we brought together stakeholders and subject matter experts from across PHPR to contribute to the development of a new section on our website dedicated to partnerships, which launched earlier this month. We believe the end-result appeals to both current and potential partners by increasing the visibility of projects and partnerships; encouraging partners to learn from one another and get involved; and creating a sense of community. Let me explain why.

Visibility

Through interviews conducted with stakeholders in 2012, we examined the existing partnership environment in PHPR and determined there were clear opportunities to improve partnerships.  We collected input from 53 partners: offices within CDC, other federal government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.  According to current partners, PHPR needs to be more transparent about funding.  On the website, you will now be able to view the PHPR-funded Preparedness Resource Map that highlights resources that are funded by CDC/PHPR in the 50 states and 4 localities. By clicking on a state or locality, you can see how CDC supports their efforts to enhance national health security through such things as funding, human resources, and state and local staff directly trained by CDC. We will continue to expand the usability of the map and welcome your suggestions for what would be useful to include and how you use this tool.

Learning from others

Effective partnerships convene organizations with complimentary and reinforcing missions to achieve a greater outcome than they could alone. To demonstrate this best-practice and inspire effective partnering, we have featured partner stories of how PHPR and state and local public health departments work with different organizations to further the impact of public health security across the nation.  Currently, the website houses two different features (“Promising Community Preparedness Efforts Bolstered by Federal Partnerships” and “A Creative Approach to a Common Preparedness Exercise Leads to Success”), and we plan to update this page frequently with new stories. These stories show unique partnerships that have resulted in increased impact and innovation. In the future, we plan to incorporate a form on the website which will allow our partners to submit story ideas for consideration. In the meantime, please know that you can contact us with story leads.

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Sense of community

Events like Hurricane Katrina in 2005, H1N1 in 2009, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2012 certainly build a sense of community as we work together to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover. At PHPR, we strive to create a culture of coordination and inclusion among our partners apart from responding to adverse events. Therefore, on our website, you will find resources and tools to help cultivate the preparedness community. See below for ways to connect with us and learn about upcoming events that may be of interest to you.

  • Connect with our social media channels and the CDC team leading efforts to encourage improved communication through online platforms.
  • Learn about upcoming preparedness events through our calendar, which includes relevant trainings, conferences, report releases, and national awareness campaign dates.
  • Meet the team behind our partnership efforts.
  • Spend a day with me via our first “Day in the Life” feature, so you have a better sense of who we are and what we do at PHPR. Expect profiles of more PHPR staff later this summer.

I hope you will take the time to visit the site and send us your feedback!

Thank you,

Ali S. Khan, MD MPH
Assistant Surgeon General (retired) & Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response
DHHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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