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Special Supplement of Public Health Reports Edited by NWCPHP Faculty Member

Jack Thompson, former director of NWCPHP and current NWCPHP faculty member, recently served as lead guest editor for a Public Health Reports special supplement on public health preparedness.

October 27, 2010

2010-10-27-public-health-reports-supplement.jpgJack Thompson, former director of NWCPHP and current NWCPHP faculty member, recently served as lead guest editor for a Public Health Reports special supplement on public health preparedness. The supplement, released in November 2010, focuses on the 10-year history of the Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHPs). Bernard Turnock from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Edward Baker from the University of North Carolina also served as guest editors.

All three editors were “present at the creation” of the CPHP program and remained involved for the duration of the program. The CPHP program was active from 2000 to 2010 and provided funding to academic institutions and practice organizations for the advancement of public health preparedness. CPHPs were the precursors to the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) program that is currently in force.

In an editorial titled “Opportunity Knocks But Twice for Public Heath Preparedness Centers,” Thompson, Turnock, and Baker acknowledge that “a major strength of the CPHP network was its ability to address the unique needs of state and local public health agencies and other practice partners.” While this flexibility served the program’s participants well, it reduced the possibility of easy aggregation of the evaluation data collected by the CPHP network. This meant that the CPHPs contributions to the public health preparedness evidence base have been modest.

Yet the CPHP program created a strong national network of public health preparedness centers. The articles chosen for the Public Health Reports supplement illustrate robust collaborations between academia and practice, practice and community partners, as well as collaborations that included a range of entities outside the public health system.

When asked for his thoughts on the supplement, Thompson said, “I am pleased with this supplement and think it well represents both the development of a strong national network of preparedness centers and a growing partnership with the public health practice community. I am glad the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Northwest Center have prominence in this supplement because we have been national leaders for a decade.”

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