Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) Program
The original CPHP program, described here, closed in August 2010. Information presented is for historical purposes only. The Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) cooperative agreement represents the next iteration of the Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) program.
About the Program
The Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) program was initiated in 2000 to strengthen terrorism and emergency preparedness by linking academic expertise to state and local health agency needs. This unique program brings together universities with a common focus on public health preparedness to establish a national network of education and training resources. Of these institutions, 27 are accredited Schools of Public Health funded through a five-year Cooperative Agreement for years 2004-2010 (with a cost-extension until 2010).
The CPHP Program goals are to:
- Strengthen public health workforce readiness through implementation of programs for life-long learning;
- Strengthen capacity at State and local levels for terrorism preparedness and emergency public health response; and,
- Develop a network of academic-based programs contributing to national terrorism preparedness and emergency response by sharing expertise and resources across State and local jurisdictions.
Based on the availability of funds and CDC strategic imperatives, key priorities for CPHP activities are to:
- Collaborate with healthcare organizations and public health agencies across the nation to help them meet preparedness education and learning needs;
- Maximize outreach of existing preparedness materials; and
- Enhance the evidence base for effective preparedness education with a focus on program evaluation.
CPHP activities are classified as either Program or Network activities. CPHP program activities are designed to:
- Deliver competency-based training and education;
- Meet identified specific needs of state and local public health agencies across jurisdictions; and,
- Build work force preparedness and response capabilities.
In addition to providing training and education to state and local public health agencies, each CPHP is required to participate in network activities that enhance the preparedness network, maximize opportunities for sharing resources, and contribute to the national public health preparedness strategy.
Participation guidelines and program objectives are outlined in the following documents: