At a Glance
  • State Population: 7,535,591
  • Local Health Departments: 35
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Fire, Flooding, Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2017: Wildfires; 2016: Winter Storm
  • CDC PHEP Funding
    FY 2021: $12,955,078
    FY 2020: $12,478,656
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $45,536,572
    FY 2020: $18,122,885
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 8
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 2
  • Other*: 27

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Emergency Operations Coordination
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Public Health Laboratory Testing
Stories from the Field
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PHEP Helps End Hepatitis C Outbreak in Washington

In Washington, the PHEP program ensures state and local public health departments have response systems in place, notification protocols established, and personnel ready to manage emergencies. PHEP-funded staff in Washington responded to a hepatitis C outbreak in May 2018 by working closely with disease investigators, the local health department, and law enforcement. They established an incident management team, facilitated aid from other jurisdictions, and provided support and coordination to the local response effort. Initial estimates had more than 2,700 potentially exposed, and about 2,000 people were tested between May and August. Thirteen tested positive and were offered treatment, putting an end the outbreak.

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Controlling a Mumps Outbreak in Washington

In late 2016 and early 2017, a mumps outbreak in Washington affected more than 800 people of all ages. In response, the state health department used PHEP funds to mobilize an Epidemiology Task Force to support local health departments with case investigation, disease surveillance, and risk communication activities.

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 05:45 PM