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Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning

One of the nation’s key preparedness challenges has been determining appropriate state and local public health preparedness priorities. To assist state and local public health departments in their strategic planning, CDC developed 15 capabilities to serve as national public health preparedness standards.

CDC applied a systematic approach to developing the public health preparedness capabilities. The content is based on evidence-informed documents, relevant preparedness literature, and subject matter expertise gathered from across the federal government and the state and local practice community.

CDC’s Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning now provides a guide that state and local jurisdictions can use to better organize their work, plan their priorities, and decide which capabilities they have the resources to build or sustain. The capabilities also help ensure that federal preparedness funds are directed to priority areas within individual jurisdictions.

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Training Videos

CDC is developing a series of training guides to assist state and local health departments in achieving the 15 public health preparedness capabilities as outlined in the 2011 PHEP cooperative agreement guidance. View the following videos:

For questions, contact preparedness@cdc.gov

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