On Public Health Security - April 2017 - Help Us Communicate CDC's Preparedness Work: New Tools for Partners

On Public Health Security - April 2017 - Help Us Communicate CDC's Preparedness Work: New Tools for Partners

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On Public Health Security
April 2017
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Stephen C. Redd

Dear Partners,

I am pleased to announce new tools we are using that describe the work we do, our recent accomplishments, and our public health priorities. In these fiscally challenging times, being able to describe the work we do and why it is important for protecting Americans is more critical than ever. We hope you will find these tools helpful and use them when you are talking about CDC’s work in preparedness and response with your own constituencies.

2017 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness

Our ninth annual Snapshot shows how federal investments enhance our nation’s ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies. There are two sections to the Snapshot this year, the narrative and awardee fact sheets. The narrative focuses on activities and success stories that occurred during 2015 and 2016, including those related to Zika virus response and CDC preparedness. The Snapshot also includes a state by state map with fact sheets for each state, local, and territorial awardee of CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement funding. These PHEP Program Fact Sheets highlight data that display trends and document progress related to public health preparedness capabilities including community preparedness, information sharing, emergency operations coordination, and public health laboratory testing. The fact sheets also show data on each awardee’s top capability-specific investments as well as the number of PHEP-funded field staff. Reports on public health preparedness are an important part of CDC’s focus on demonstrating results, driving program improvements, and increasing accountability for the nation’s investment in public health preparedness. We encourage you to include information about the 2017 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness in your publications and provide a link to these documents on your website.

A New Take on CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

In order to increase public understanding of the important work CDC does in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies, we developed a set of single-page briefs that focus on what we do, and most importantly, why it matters. These documents are intended for audiences that may be unfamiliar with public health preparedness and response. They walk the reader through the importance of our work, the scope of the problems we tackle, the public health impact, and how CDC—alongside partners across states, localities, and the world—work to solve them. This suite of materials presents an OPHPR Overview and features our work in: Emergency Operations, Laboratory Response, Strategic National Stockpile, Select Agents and Toxins, Global Emergency Preparedness, and State and Local Readiness. We hope you find these products useful in increasing awareness about the critical work we do.

Tried-and-True OPHPR Resources

In addition to these exciting new resources, I’d also encourage you to share OPHPR’s longstanding communications products that are regularly updated and published online:

Our Public Health Matters Blog informs a broad audience (partners, policymakers and the public) about OPHPR’s work and educates readers on how to prepare for emergencies and reduce health threats in their own lives. One of our recent blog posts highlights the day-to-day experiences of laboratory inspectors who work in OPHPR’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, ensuring that this research is conducted as safely as possible. Another recent post highlights how one Strategic National Stockpile expert works with other countries to help them ensure that medical countermeasures can be quickly dispensed during an emergency.

This monthly newsletter, On Public Health Security provides updates and resources, promotes OPHPR accomplishments and priorities, and encourages collaboration with partners. We invite you to share suggestions for future newsletter topics by emailing us at phprpartners@cdc.gov.

We appreciate the opportunity to share these products with you, and as always, welcome any feedback you have. We are already beginning work on next year’s Snapshot so your feedback on this year’s report is especially important. Please email us your comments on these products as well as your ideas for future products to phprpartners@cdc.gov.


Thank you,


Stephen C. Redd, MD


Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Upcoming Events

Be part of the important discussion addressing the opioid crisis at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit April 17th-20th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Develop partnerships and learn established best practices in emergency response at the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference from April 18th-20th in Tacoma, Washington.

Register now for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) 2017 Preparedness Summit entitled “Forces of Change: Capabilities, Innovation, and Partnerships” from April 25th-28th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Learn best practices in disaster response and recovery at the 31st Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference from May 17th-19th in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Additional Resources

CDC has developed a new tool public health officials can use to communicate with the public in a radiation emergency. The Radiation Hazard Scale helps people better understand their risk for health effects from a radiation emergency and can encourage people to follow recommended protective actions to reduce their risk.

CDC helped support the development of A Community Checklist for Health Sector Resilience Informed by Hurricane Sandy that was recently published in the journal Health Security.

Our Laboratory Training Resources webpage features both live and online training opportunities for laboratory scientists as well as trainings provided by external partners such as the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).