On Public Health Security - March 2017 - Visiting CDC at Home: Partner Visit Promotes Collaboration

On Public Health Security - March 2017 - Visiting CDC at Home: Partner Visit Promotes Collaboration

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On Public Health Security
March 2017
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Stephen C. Redd

Dear Partners,

One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to connect with and learn from a wide range of partners. Working with a variety of partners—including nonprofits, other federal agencies, and state and local health departments—increases the impact of our work in preparedness and response. One of the many ways that we connect with you, our partners, is through in-person visits. For example, we recently welcomed leadership from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to CDC’s Atlanta campus. Our guests included ASTHO’s new Executive Director, Dr. Michael Fraser; Chief of Health Security, Mr. Jim Blumenstock; and Senior Director of Preparedness, Mr. Gerrit Bakker. They arrived just one week after holding a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. that highlighted the role of state and territorial public health in ensuring the nation’s health security.


Over the course of the day-long meeting, we discussed key CDC projects and opportunities for collaboration. For example, we discussed the Strategic National Stockpile and our mutual goal of ensuring that large cities have the capacity to receive and distribute medical countermeasures during a major public health emergency. We also talked about how to work together to communicate the impact of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement and more effectively share the stories of successful local responses with a wider audience. (If you have a good story to share with us about how responses in your area were helped by CDC’s involvement, please send us a note at phprpartners@cdc.gov). In addition, we invited ASTHO to send some of their staff to CDC to receive emergency management training. Finally, ASTHO updated us on their current programs and new areas that they hope to explore. Conversations like these allow us to align our efforts to support states and territories in improving America’s response to public health emergencies.


Our meeting with ASTHO reminded us that connecting one-on-one with partners is extremely valuable, not only for identifying shared issues and challenges, but also for starting an ongoing dialogue to address those issues and challenges. To encourage this dialogue, I invite you, our partners, to share information about your priorities with us at phprpartners@cdc.gov. Working together, we can identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in regard to our current work and leverage all of the resources and diverse skill sets at our disposal.


Stephen C. Redd, MD


Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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