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CDC Publishes Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning

Apr 22, 2011

In preparation for the new five-year Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreements that take effect in August 2011, CDC implemented a systematic process for defining a set of public health preparedness capabilities to assist state and local health departments with their strategic planning.
In preparation for the new five-year Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreements that take effect in August 2011, CDC implemented a systematic process for defining a set of public health preparedness capabilities to assist state and local health departments with their strategic planning. In addition to the CDC, Federal agencies actively involved in the process included the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency and Office of Health Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The resulting body of work, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning, serves as a guide that state and local jurisdictions can use to better organize their work, plan their priorities, and decide which capabilities they have the resources to build or sustain. The capabilities also help ensure that federal preparedness funds are directed to priority areas within individual jurisdictions

Click here to view the full document. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 9-1-1 are referenced throughout the document. These can be found in Capabilities number four and ten. Capability ten includes a planning resource element for state and local health departments’ written plans to incorporate a process for ongoing communications and data sharing with 9-1-1 and EMS. This may include requesting and utilizing National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) interoperable EMS response data.