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Successful Partnerships

Here are some exciting examples of how individuals and organizations are partnering to promote public heath preparedness and response. We are interested in hearing your partnerships story. For more information, visit our story development page.

Public Health Preparedness Saves Lives in Tennessee Train Fire

In 2015, a chemical fire from a train derailment exposed thousands of Tennesseans to deadly fumes. Public health training, personnel, and partnerships—all supported through PHEP funding—were critical to an effective response in the immediate aftermath. As a result, there were no serious injuries and zero lives lost.

TB Response Volunteers

In December 2012, a student at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia was diagnosed with what once was the leading cause of death in the United States - tuberculosis (TB).

Just months later, two more students were diagnosed with TB, which causes heavy, relentless coughing, excruciating chest pain, and uncontrollable fatigue. Learn more about how Virginia’s Fairfax County Health Department successfully prepared for, responded to, and overcame this TB outbreak.

CDC's youngest partners

CDC’s youngest partners are adopting a new pet into their families to help protect themselves against public health emergencies. Ready Wrigley, CDC’s new “preparedness pup,” inspires youth readiness and promotes individual resilience in a big way.

Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Save the Children, Ready Wrigley is making her way into the homes and classrooms of children across the United States. Join the preparedness pup as she helps teach the nation’s kids and their families how to be safe during a public health emergency through fun games, activities, coloring pages, and an interactive website!

Scientists working in a lab

In 1995, a microbiologist was arrested for illegally obtaining Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague. How did he do it? By mail order.

The Federal Select Agent Program was created to prevent biological agents and toxins from falling into the hands of the wrong people. Learn more about the program’s evolution, and a recent collaboration among multiple federal partners, which streamlines the federal inspection process while ensuring public safety.


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.

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.

Promising Community Preparedness Efforts Bolstered by Federal Partnership Exercise

A local public health department, a school system transportation department, and volunteers hit the road on two very hot summerdays to ensure their community is prepared.