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Oregon Releases Public Health Emergency Preparedness Strategic Plan

Working with NWCPHP, Oregon created an emergency preparedness strategic work plan that reflects a multidisciplinary, integrated collaborative planning process.

October 5, 2011

The state of Oregon is now a little more prepared. In late July, the Oregon Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) of the Public Health Division released a new emergency preparedness strategic work plan. Working with NWCPHP, Oregon created a plan that reflects a multidisciplinary, integrated collaborative planning process that sets the stage for the next five years.

"Other states in the region were engaging in strategic planning," explained Beth Crane, Operations Manager for Oregon's PHEP, "We wanted to work from the same platform."

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new Public Health Preparedness Capabilities. State-level preparedness staff in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington asked NWCPHP to guide them in the development of state-specific, yet coordinated, strategies that adopted these new federal performance measures. Over five months, NWCPHP faculty member Carl Osaki facilitated a series of community meetings, webinars, and an online survey to inform the process.

"It was an amazing community building experience," said Crane.

Oregon's new strategic plan sets out a summary of strategies that address the functions listed for each of the 15 public health emergency preparedness capabilities and the functions within each capability. An indication of importance and a timeline are identified for each function. The public health and health care communities worked together to identify priorities and establish activities. They also linked each function to nationally established public health accreditation standards.

NWCPHP worked with Oregon to not only facilitate strategic planning efforts, but also to edit, design, and lay out the strategic plan. The resulting 65-page document is filled with important information and supporting photos. Oregon PHEP staff remarked that the professional presentation of the plan elevated strategic thinking and provides a stronger presentation and advocacy tool.

"The layout and graphics are terrific and the editorial rigor helped take the document to a more polished level. This document will make a significant contribution to the Emergency Support Function 8/Health and Medical communities work," asserted Crane.

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