As we enter a new year, I want to thank you on behalf of CDC for the contributions you have made in 2012 to safeguard our national health security. It is our shared mission; therefore, the success of one of us should be shared by all. For that reason, I am proud to debut CDC's On Public Health Security with a highlight of some of CDC's important and far-reaching accomplishments of last year.
six distinct social media channels (@CDCemergency, @CDC_Ready, @CDC-DrKhan, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Public Health Matters blog), which are a low-cost, efficient way to reach Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) partners with important, interactive information they can use to protect themselves, their families and their communities.
the process of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) to assess and accredit CDC’s emergency management program.
the 2012 State-by-State Report on Laboratory, Emergency Operations Coordination, and Emergency Public Information and Warning Capabilities that synthesizes state level data into snapshots of preparedness to create a picture of national health security.
the first North American Day Treaty Public Health Alerting Pilot Project to support the secure exchange of public health alert information to and from Mexico.
final rules in the Federal Register after a biennial review, which revised the list of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety; tiered the select agent and toxin list; and established physical security standards for entities possessing Tier I select agents and toxins.
key capabilities and metrics of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program to achieve program efficiency and reduce awardee application burden.
$400 million on a sole source contract providing anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) vaccine by taking a stronger stance on contract proposals and negotiating a fair price for the federal government.
with 44 Marriott Hotels across nine public health jurisdictions to provide public health-approved medical countermeasures (MCM) dispensing plans, which successfully concluded a 2 ½ year pilot project.
This is not an exhaustive list and represents a small fraction of the work that was performed at CDC and across the entire preparedness community in 2012. Imagine what this list would look like if we combined our accomplishments. Further, imagine what this list would look like if we more frequently combined our efforts.
As we embark on this New Year, I challenge our preparedness and response community to regularly engage each other to advance the achievements of our work. Together, we can more effectively save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats.
Ali S. Khan, MD MPH
Assistant Surgeon General (retired) & Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
DHHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention