Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness
Health emergencies pose some of the greatest threats to our nation, because they can be difficult to prepare for, detect, and contain. Important progress has been made to improve emergency preparedness since September 11, 2001, the subsequent anthrax attack, and Hurricane Katrina; three events that put severe stress on our public health system. However, major problems still remain in our readiness to respond to large-scale emergencies and natural disasters. The country is still insufficiently prepared to protect people from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or acts of bioterrorism, leaving Americans unnecessarily vulnerable to these threats.
Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
August 5, 2016
Zika virus: What's next in Florida
July 15, 2016
Senate impasse postpones Zika funding talks till fall
July 3, 2016
What to know about the Zika risk in Chicago
Policy and Advocacy
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December 17, 2015
Report Finds Major Gaps in Country’s Ability to Prevent and Control Infectious Disease Outbreaks 28 States and Washington, D.C. Reach Half or Fewer of Key Indicators
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
NACCHO National Profile of Local Health Departments NACCHO releases the National Profile of Local Health Departments report on its new Profile website, www.nacchoprofilestudy.org. The most report demonstrates continued funding cuts across several programmatic areas at local health departments (LHDs), including emergency preparedness. Funding for emergency preparedness, particularly per capita funding, saw a significant drop in 2013, with LHDs reporting median per capita funding of $1.15 in 2013 compared to $2.07 per capita in 2010.
Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases The report includes a report card for how well states scored on 10 indicators of strategies being used to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks. Some topics Ebola, Chikungunya and Chagas; antibiotic-resistant Superbugs; healthcare-associated infections; whooping cough and tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS and hepatitis; and the ability to respond to bioterrorism attack
Public Health Preparedness 101 Over a decade ago, the nation faced tremendous threats during the September 11th and anthrax tragedies. Medical and public health professionals were immediately called on to respond to the crisis, and responded heroically—despite limited resources. It quickly became clear that public health system needed to be updated in order to respond to emergent health threats, giving rise to the notion of public health preparedness: the ability of our public health system to quickly, effectively, and actively respond to any health disaster that may strike. Prevention, identification, and containment of disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and natural disasters remain pivotal components of a public health system which is prepared to address the needs of the country.
CDC on Emergency Preparedness and Response U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
CDC on Public Health and Natural Disasters U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.