Health Preparedness

A Fully Funded PHEP Program Ensures a Prepared Nation

July 25, 2016|12:36 p.m.| Geetika Nadkarni

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program plays a pivotal role in ensuring that state and local public health systems are prepared for a wide range of threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Read More »

CDC Releases 2016 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness

February 08, 2016|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC strategically invests in public health preparedness in an effort to improve federal, state, and local public health agencies’ ability to prepare for and respond to all types of public health threats. Read More »

State Health Agencies Prep for Zika

January 29, 2016|9:06 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

As Zika news grips the U.S. public, state health agencies have been preparing for weeks. Read More »

New Jersey Department of Health Study: Superstorm Sandy Continues to Negatively Impact Residents’ Mental Health

July 30, 2015|10:52 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study explored how New Jersey residents have fared in the wake of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy natural disaster. Read More »

Oklahoma Volunteers Support State Health Agency’s Efforts in Tornado’s Wake

May 22, 2015|11:21 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, created in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, trains volunteers to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. Read More »

New Ebola Cases Drop to Lowest Level in Almost a Year, but Burial Traditions Continue to Spread Virus

April 09, 2015|12:10 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The number of new Ebola cases reached the lowest rate since May 2014. Read More »

How Public Health Became Integral to Emergency Preparedness and Response

February 23, 2015|1:26 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

Public health emergency preparedness as a discipline is only about 15 years old, give or take a couple of years. We asked two public health preparedness veterans—Jacqueline Scott from Michigan and Tim Wiedrich from North Dakota—to describe how the job evolved over the years. Read More »

Public Health Not Blinded by Blizzard

January 26, 2015|11:31 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

When a snow emergency presents, public health agencies work the plan... and adapt as needed. Read More »

How States Protect Americans from Infectious Diseases

December 24, 2014|10:40 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

Take a look at the key points in the Trust for America's Health report "Outbreaks" with examples from state health agency programs that work to improve on the issues the report raises. Read More »

U.S. Scores 7.4 out of 10 in 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index

December 15, 2014|3:00 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

According to the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index the United States scored a 7.4 out of 10 for health security and preparedness at the national level. This score suggests that substantial health security preparedness capability exists across the nation, but that significant work still needs to be done. Read More »

Value of Public Health and Healthcare Collaboration Evident as U.S. Designates 35 Hospitals to Treat Ebola

December 04, 2014|9:57 a.m.| Virgie Townsend

HHS announced on Dec. 2 that the United States has designated 35 hospitals as Ebola treatment centers—a process that involved working closely with state health officials. Read More »

States Continue to Build Preparedness and Response Capacity for Possible Ebola Cases in the U.S.

October 31, 2014|9:37 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Since the first three cases of Ebola were diagnosed in Texas and a subsequent fourth case in New York, states have continued to make preparations. Here’s a quick scan of some of the activities states have undertaken. Read More »

On the Front Lines: A Look at How States are Preparing for an Ebola Response

October 14, 2014|2:25 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

Before Ebola dominated U.S. news media or the first American citizens contracted the disease in West Africa, state and territorial health departments were mobilizing to respond to imported cases. Read More »