Springfield, Massachusetts Skyline
At a Glance
  • State Population: 6,981,974
  • Local Health Departments: 351
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Blizzard, Extreme Heat, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $13,800,043
    FY 2021: $13,421,314
    FY 2020: $13,031,996
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $799,408
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $41,311,592
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $16,499,494
PHEP-Funded Staff (rounded):
  • Epidemiologists: 11
  • Laboratorians: 13
  • Planners: 9
  • Other: 12*

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

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  3. Information Sharing
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Community Preparedness
Stories from the Field
Testing the Emergency Response Structure

In January 2016, Winter Storm Jonas brought almost 30 inches of snow, high winds, and coastal flooding and forced Maryland to declare a state of emergency. Through planning supported by PHEP, the state staffed the state emergency operations center, coordinated with emergency medical services, conducted surveillance for storm-related illness and injury, and communicated with vulnerable groups before, during, and after the storm to ensure their medical needs were met. As a result, the state was able to mitigate cold weather deaths and injuries associated with Winter Storm Jonas.