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NWCPHP Facilitates Regional Emergency Preparedness Collaboration

NWCPHP faculty member Carl Osaki, RS, MSPH, recently completed a five-month emergency preparedness assessment and planning effort in four Northwest states to address the new Public Health Preparedness Capabilities.

May 4, 2011

NWCPHP faculty member Carl Osaki, RS, MSPH, recently completed a five-month emergency preparedness assessment and planning effort in four Northwest states. The goal of this effort was to develop state-specific strategies that address the new Public Health Preparedness Capabilities recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC developed these capabilities as national public health preparedness standards. In response to the CDC's initiative, state-level preparedness staff in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington worked with Osaki to hold discussions with their stakeholders about the preparedness standards.

With each state, Osaki conducted meetings and surveys to assess how the new capabilities are currently being addressed. A list of strategies was created for each capability, and priorities for future planning were identified.

At the end of the planning process, NWCPHP facilitated a meeting with representatives from all four states to discuss common strengths and concerns. Potential areas for regional collaboration were identified, such as training, exercises, or resource sharing. One of the most substantial benefits of this process, as described by Osaki, is “the inclusion of stakeholders, such as local health departments, tribes, and public health partners, into the early stages of statewide planning of public health preparedness and response.”

For more information about the new Public Health Preparedness Capabilities created by the CDC go to: https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/

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