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Centers for Public Health Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a national system of Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) to ensure frontline public health workers have the skills and competencies required to effectively respond to current and emerging health threats.

The Centers (CPHPs) are involved in four key areas: development of competency-based public health practice curricula; technology-mediated learning (e-learning); certification and credentialing; and, applied research and evaluation. The nation system currently includes academic, specialty and local exemplar centers.

Academic Centers
Specialty Centers
Local Exemplar Centers
National Association of County and City Health Officials


  Academic Centers

 
Academic Centers are cornerstones of the system and link schools of public health, state and local health agencies and other academic and community health partners to foster individual preparedness at the front line.
 
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health - Illinois Public Health Preparedness Center - will develop an introductory Public Health 101 course, to be made available statewide via distance learning; provide online instruction for public health administrator certification and initiate certificate programs for community health improvement specialists and other areas of practice previously identified as priorities in state needs assessment surveys.
 
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health - North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness - will collaborate with the UNC Center for Infectious Diseases and other partners to implement new training programs around emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism. Initially, applied research and workforce-training programs will be merged in four demonstration countries in North Carolina. Ultimately the Center will serve five Southeastern states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
 
University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine - Northwest Center for Public Health Preparedness - will serve as a leader in providing ongoing training in public health preparedness and injury prevention to state and local health professionals in six-states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming) which represent 31% of U.S. land mass and covers 3 time zones.
 
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - Center for Public Health Preparedness - in partnership with the New York City Department of Health, which employs over 3000 full time workers, the Center will design a model curriculum for public health practice, using "emergency preparedness" as a framework with special focus on infectious diseases (both newly emerging HIV/TB/STDs), bioterrorism, and other emergency situations. The Center will also begin developing interactive tools for training, communication, and improvement of surveillance and threat assessments.
 
University of Iowa: Center for Public Health Practice - Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
University of South Florida: College of Public Health - Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
Tulane University /University of Alabama at Birmingham - South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
Saint Louis University: School of Public Health - Heartland Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
Emory University: Rollins School of Public Health - The Center for Public Health and Preparedness Research
 
Harvard University School of Public Health - Harvard Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
John Hopkins University: Bloomberg School of Public Health - Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
State University of New York at Albany: School of Public Health - Center for Public Health Preparedness 
 
University of California at Berkeley
 
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Center for Public Health and Disasters
 
University of Michigan School of Public Health - Academic Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
 
University of Oklahoma College of Public Health - Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Ohio State University School of Public Health - Center for Public Health Preparedness
 
University of South Carolina: The Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health - USC Center for Public Health Preparedness
   

  Specialty Centers

 
Specialty Centers focus on a topic, professional discipline, core public health competency, practice setting or application of learning technology. The three recently-funded centers are:
 
Dartmouth College Dartmouth Medical School - Interactive Media Laboratory - Collaboratory in Applied Communications Technology
 
Saint Louis University School of Public Health - Center for the Study of Bioterrorism and Emerging Infections
 
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and Georgetown University Law Center - Center for Law and the Public's Health - Collaborating Center in Public Health Law
 
The University of Findley, Ohio - Center for Terrorism Preparedness
 
The University of Georgia - Center for Leadership in Education and Applied Research in Mass Destruction Defense
 
The University of Louisville - Center for Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism
 
Texas A& M University - National Emergency Response ans Rescue Training Center
   

  Advanced Practice Centers

 
Local Exemplar Centers were created to develop advanced applications at the community level in three areas of key importance to preparedness for bioterrorism and other urgent health threats: integrated communications and information systems across multiple sectors, advanced operational readiness assessment, and comprehensive training and evaluations. These centers work in collaboration with a variety of public and private partners at the local, state, and national levels, as well as with the other academic and specialty centers. The three local Exemplar sites are:
 
Denver Health, Denver Public Health - Center for Advanced Public Health Preparedness, Denver, CO
 
DeKalb County Board of Health - Center for Public Health preparedness, Decatur, GA
 
Monroe County Health Department - Center for Public Health Preparedness, Rochester, NY
 
Westchester County Health Department - New York
 
Lawrence-Douglas County - Kansas
   
  National Association of County and City Health Officials
 
Elements of Effective Bioterrorism Preparedness - A planning primer for local public health agencies
 
Bioterrorism and Emergency Response Program - As part of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO is actively engaged in several programs in collaboration with local, state, and federal partners to strengthen and improve local health agencies' capacity to respond to bioterrorism and other communicable disease and environmental health threats.
 
Centers for Public Health Preparedness Year One Report - The Centers for Public Health Preparedness project was developed to create models for implementing information technology and training in support of bioterrorism preparedness and emergency response.
   

 

 

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