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On Public Health Security Newsletter

Public Health Security NewsletterHave you heard the latest news from CDC/PHPR Director, Dr. Stephen Redd? With the start of 2013, PHPR launched a monthly e-newsletter for partners, On Public Health Security. In this newsletter, Dr. Redd provides insight on CDC’s activities and initiatives in an effort to promote collaboration and information sharing.

On Public Health Security is published the third Tuesday of each month. Subscribe today to receive your own copy each month and read current and past issues below!


June 2015: Hurricane Season Arrives as We Look Back and Learn from Hurricane Sandy

As we prepare for possible severe storms this hurricane season, it is timely to remind ourselves that recovery from past events is still in progress. Thousands lost their homes, and millions endured power outages as Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast seaboard in October 2012. In the US, more than 100 deaths, and untold numbers of injuries, mental health complications, and a variety of other health challenges are associated with the storm. More than two years after Sandy made landfall, damaged homes are still being remodeled and rebuilt, and roadways and other infrastructure are still in the process of being restored.
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May 2015: 2015 Preparedness Summit Highlights

I recently had the privilege to attend NACCHO’s 2015 Preparedness Summit hosted here in Atlanta, GA. The theme for the conference was Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats, and it couldn’t align better with PHPR’s preparedness work. Two big topics really stood out for me this year — partnerships and thinking globally while planning locally.
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April 2015: Communicating with Congress

There are many aspects of our work that contribute to the success of public health preparedness and response. Efforts to communicate our activities with the public, our partners, other governmental agencies, and Congress are all vital. Interactions with Congress offer the opportunity to convey the importance of work we and our partners do. The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) interacts with Congress in a number of ways, including hearings, briefings, responding to congressional inquiries, and congressional visits to CDC sites. I want to share with you a few highlights of frequent work with Congress.
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March 2015: The Importance of Evaluating Preparedness and Response

One of the most critical efforts that we can take on in preparedness is to examine the results of our work to ensure that we are maximizing our impact. To enhance our national health security, evaluation plays an essential role in recognizing successes, identifying gaps, and mapping the most effective path forward. I wanted to highlight some significant evaluation efforts — the National Health Security Preparedness Index™, CDC’s National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness, and CDC assessment of the Ebola response — to give you a sense of ongoing evaluation work by our partners and at CDC.
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February 2015: CDC Preparedness Initiatives and the 2016 President’s Budget

The past month has brought a considerable amount of attention to preparedness. With a measles outbreak now spreading outside of California to additional states, hopeful signs in the Ebola response, and part of the country blanketed in snow and ice, we are constantly reminded that we must take steps to prepare for and mitigate the impact of threats on our communities.
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January 2015: Greetings from the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response’s New Director, Dr. Stephen Redd

As we start a new year, I am honored to begin work with our preparedness partners as the new Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR). I want to take a moment to thank Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, whom I know well from our time together at CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit. Dr. Rasmussen provided critical leadership to PHPR during a turbulent time with continuous activations of our Emergency Operations Center for polio, unaccompanied children arriving from across the border, and Ebola.
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December 2014: PHPR's 2014 Successes

As we move forward into the New Year, I would like to take this moment to reflect on our accomplishments in 2014, especially our response to Ebola both in West Africa and here in the United States. With our partners, we have accomplished so much.
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November 2014: Highlighting the Latest on the 2014 Ebola Response

Since early 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been monitoring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, ramping up efforts in July when CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, activated the Emergency Operations Center for the Ebola response. As of November 9, 2014, a total of 14,098 cases of Ebola (8,715 laboratory-confirmed) and 5,160 deaths have been reported.
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October 2014: Strengthening Preparedness in the Midst of the Ebola Response

Our work to stop the Ebola epidemic continues unabated. As of October 19, there were 9,915 cases of Ebola; almost all of these cases were in West Africa. However, as we live in an age where viruses know no borders, we have also seen a small number of cases outside of Africa including the third case diagnosed in Texas. Two nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who cared for the first Ebola patient in the United States earlier this month have been infected with the virus.
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September 2014: PHPR focuses on Vulnerable Populations during National Preparedness Month

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated the news and much of our work lately. The response to this outbreak underscores the need to include vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women, into our planning. Just this week, my colleagues and I highlighted what obstetrician/gynecologists need to know about the increased risks posed to pregnant women infected with the Ebola virus.
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August 2014: PHPR supports three simultaneous responses into Ebola, Polio, and Unaccompanied Children

The CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the PHPR Division of Emergency Operations (DEO) has certainly seen its share of attention this month. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is at the center of attention, and to make it even more interesting, at one point we had two other simultaneous activations. Managing three events at once is a huge undertaking. It’s been an honor to watch PHPR and CDC staff and partners embrace the challenge.
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July 2014: New PHPR Leadership on the Importance of Collaboration

As the new Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR), I am excited to reach out to you. Long before disasters strike, our partners work tirelessly to ensure that communities have the resources they need to respond to public health threats. Partnerships remain a critical part of PHPR’s success, which is to advance our nation’s health security through improved public health exchange, integration, and delivery.
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June 2014: The departure of Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

After almost 4 years as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) and a total of 23 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), my time here is coming to a close. The time spent working in preparedness has been the best of my career. The CDC staff and partners I have worked with are an amazing group.
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May 2014: Introducing Code Name: Operation Dragon Fire (ODF)

In March’s On Public Health Security, I highlighted the 2014 Priorities of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) – one of which is innovation. Innovation is vital to advancing our mission of providing strategic direction, support, and coordination for public health security. One way we can increase our impact is by leveraging multiple social media tools.
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April 2014: YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) visits CDC

Earlier this year, I profiled community resilience as one of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response’s (PHPR) top priorities for 2014. Resilient communities are the result of partnerships between government, the private sector, civil society, and citizens. Trusted organizations that touch many aspects of our everyday lives are an essential ingredient to reaching the most people, and creating strong networks that promote resilience.
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March 2014: 2014 Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Priorities

As we come to the end of March, I am sure that you share my feeling of relief that a winter season full of snow and ice is coming to a close. The hard work of public health staff, emergency responders, and countless partners was as critical as ever these past few months. As this first quarter wraps up, I want to give you the complete picture of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) 2014 priorities, so that you have a clear sense of our direction, as well as provide you with some examples of the work we have underway supporting these priorities. Our priorities for 2014 are 1) Innovation, 2) Building Resiliency and Global Health Security, and 3) Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness.
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February 2014: A Health Threat Anywhere is a Health Threat Everywhere

Global pandemics define generations. The 1918 Spanish influenza killed as many as 50 million people worldwide. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, in the United States alone, polio crippled about 35,000 people each year. In more recent history, HIV/AIDS swept across the globe killing an estimated 30 million people over the last 30 years. Within the past decade, SARS and H1N1 had significant human and economic impacts, and they reminded us of the potential for the global spread of disease.
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January 2014: Thinking Ahead - Promoting Community Resilience

As we begin a new year, one of the Office of Public Health and Preparedness and Response’s (PHPR) top priorities is continued emphasis on building resilience to keep communities safe. Resilient communities are able to withstand and recover from adversity because they have the resources and knowledge to care for themselves and others in routine and emergency situations.
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