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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.

To get a naloxone kit, community members must certify they have completed required training

Public Health Preparedness Resource Helps Kentucky Fight Opioid Overdose Epidemic

A PHEP-funded mobile pharmacy, created for use during emergencies, has turned out to be an important tool in fighting Kentucky’s devastating opioid overdose epidemic. Pharmacists travel with the mobile pharmacy to areas most affected by the epidemic and provide naloxone kits and training directly to communities in need.

A pregnant women receives a Zika Prevention Kit and counseling at a Zika Action Day in Puerto Rico

Corporations Partner with Local Health Departments to Help Fight Zika

CDC has linked corporate partners with local health departments to help fight Zika. During popular community events known as Zika Action Days, community members receive valuable Zika prevention information and products. Events have been held in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Florida.

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.

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!


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.

An Innovative Partnership Helps One Community Prepare

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.