Here are some exciting examples of how individuals and organizations are partnering to promote public heath preparedness and response.
Next time you are in a “big box” store, think about the incredible number of people it must take to bring the store’s goods and services right into your neighborhood.
Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people make it all come together. These people are likely your neighbors, or at a minimum come into your community regularly to get their job done. Their employers have a vested interest in your area, and they want to keep everything running smoothly during an emergency. Recently, two nationally owned retailers came together with their local public health departments in a pilot project to ensure that their employees can receive life-saving medication during a public health emergency. As a result, the employees, business, and surrounding community will be better prepared if a disaster strikes.
How important is it for neighboring states to communicate breaking public health news with each other?
In an age where we think nothing of hopping into the car to work, go to the doctor, or visit with family and friends, state borders are effectively “invisible” lines. With people frequently crossing state lines to work and play, collaboration during public health emergencies is critical. Kentucky and Tennessee recognized this, and have been working together for years to ensure that when a public health emergency hits, they are ready to work together to address it.
A cook off in Arizona. An art installation in New Orleans. A fire prevention program in Oregon.
What do they all have in common? They are among the innovative community projects that got a recent boost from the partnerships between the CDC Foundation, FEMA, and CDC.
The Amish communities in rural Todd County, Kentucky, don’t rely on radio or television for information.
So how could they and the rest of the rural population be notified if there were a public health emergency that required life-saving medication? Robert McLellan, the preparedness planner in Todd County, found a way. Learn how his resourcefulness and creativity led to a successful public health exercise that met multiple public health needs in his community.
Become a Partner
Please consider becoming our partner! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) Partner Program provides the opportunity for organizations to establish a formal or informal relationship that can be mutually beneficial and ensure a healthy and safe nation. PHPR serves a variety of audiences, and our Partner Program allows partners to be matched with areas of our office that share similar missions.
CDC and PHPR work 24/7/365 to keep America safe from all hazards, both foreign and domestic. A government-centric approach to national health security falls short in meeting the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. Furthermore, no one group, agency, organization or business owns the problems or has the resources to solve them. Recognizing this, PHPR seeks to more broadly engage partners to maximize resources and overall impact. In these challenging economic times, health security is a national challenge that calls for a national, whole community solution. Effective partnerships will overcome these challenges.
CDC Clinician Outreach Communication Activity (COCA)
COCA partners with national medical and public health organizations to ensure that clinicians have timely, credible, and accurate information needed to provide care.
The CDC Foundation is dedicated solely to helping CDC do more, faster, by forging partnerships between CDC and those in the private sector – foundations, corporations and individuals – who want to help CDC protect and improve health.
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