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April 2018

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doctor Stephen C. Redd, MD

Dear Partners,

I am pleased to announce new resources to describe the work we do, our recent accomplishments, and future priorities. This past year has been challenging, with devastating emergencies—Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and wildfires that ripped through California. These tragic events remind us here at CDC that our work in protecting public health is more important than ever. We think you will agree when you see our 2018 National Snapshot, and hope you find this and our other new tools helpful when you are talking about CDC’s work in preparedness and response within your own networks.

2018 National Snapshot

On April 16th, CDC released the tenth annual preparedness report, the Public Health Preparedness and Response 2018 National Snapshot. 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.

The Snapshot includes two sections:

This year’s report narrative has some new features. We highlight CDC’s work combating the opioid epidemic and CDC’s hurricane and polio response activities. We also have an infographic with examples of preparedness and response work from across CDC.

Each PHEP Program Fact Sheet features a short story demonstrating the impact of the PHEP program, and presents data on the number of PHEP-funded field staff, strengths and challenges in medical countermeasure readiness, and state and local emergency operations center (EOC) activations.

We hope you will use this resource to help us communicate CDC’s preparedness work, and encourage you to include information from the Snapshot in your publications and links to these documents on your website.

Additional Preparedness Resources

Community Preparedness

With support from OPHPR, the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters recently partnered with RAND Health to produce Getting To Outcomes® Guide for Community Emergency Preparedness. This is a ten-step process for comprehensive planning, implementation, evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and sustainability of community emergency preparedness programs. OPHPR again worked with the RAND Corporation to create an interactive online toolkit called Building Resilience in Older Adults, which provides information and activities to bring together those involved in supporting older adults during disasters so they can strengthen their resilience. 

CDC now has a single-page fact sheet on Emergency Preparedness & Children. The fact sheet describes why children are at a higher risk than other groups during and after emergencies, and how CDC helps families, healthcare professionals, and public health planners have the tools and support necessary to protect children in emergencies.

1918 Influenza Pandemic Commemoration

It has been 100 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic that took an estimated 675,000 American lives and more than 50 million lives worldwide. CDC will commemorate the 100th anniversary of this pandemic with a series of events, exhibits, and activities that mark years of progress in pandemic preparedness and response. CDC has a new website with 1918 commemoration resources for partners, including key messages to promote. We are also preparing for a pandemic influenza exercise in September in collaboration with HHS, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and tribal partners.

We appreciate the opportunity to share these resources with you, and hope that you find them useful. As always, we appreciate any feedback or suggestions for improvement you may have for our products, and encourage you to email us at phprpartners@cdc.gov.

Thank you,

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


Upcoming Events


Attend the 2018 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting, entitled “Redefine the H,” taking place May 6th-9th in Washington, D.C.


Explore science, policy, education, and planning issues related to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases at the 2018 National Immunization Conference (NIC) taking place May 15th-17th in Atlanta, Georgia. The NIC is being held in collaboration with the 2018 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) on May 17th-18th at the same location.


Learn about contemporary issue in laboratory science at the 2018 Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Annual Meeting taking place June 2nd-5th in Pasadena, California.


Connect with more than 1,500 public health epidemiologists from across the country at the 2018 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference taking place June 10th-14th in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Attend the 2018 National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Education Conference (AEC) & Exhibition and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Healthy Homes Conference taking place June 25th-28th in Anaheim, California.


Additional Resources


See the latest edition of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal, focusing on antimicrobial resistance.


NACCHO’s Administrative Preparedness Toolkit includes guidance to support health departments to assess, implement, and evaluate their administrative preparedness capabilities. Resources in the toolkit are free and accessible via www.naccho.org/toolbox. To access the toolbox, login using your free NACCHO account and select “Administrative Preparedness Toolkit” from the ‘Refine By’ drop down menu.


See the recent MMWR entitled “Pharmacy Needs after a Natural Disaster—Puerto Rico, September-October 2017.


See the recent MMWR entitled “Overdose Deaths Involving Opioids, Cocaine, and Psychostimulants – United States, 2015-2016.”


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