Cara Christ: Keeping Arizona Prepared

June 21, 2018|9:23 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

This year, when CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response released its annual 2018 National Snapshot, Arizona received high marks for public health preparedness, including top scores for emergency operations coordination and public health laboratory testing. ASTHO spoke with Cara Christ, MD, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), about the department’s preparedness priorities, last year’s opioid and wildfire response, as well as collaborations with local health departments to help address these issues and improve preparedness around the state. Read More »

Test, Test: NLE 2018 Tests Hurricane Preparedness

May 16, 2018|10:12 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

On April 30 through May 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted its National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018. This event, conducted every two years, brings together state, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and non-profit partners for a training exercise to test preparedness and response activities in the event of a major disaster. In an effort to incorporate lessons from the 2017 storm season—which proved the costliest year on record—and better prepare for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season, NLE 2018 simulated a Category 4 hurricane making landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region near Hampton Roads, Virginia, moving inland and impacting several HHS Region 3 states, as well as causing mandatory evacuations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Read More »

ASTHO Looks Toward the Future of Health Security at 2018 Preparedness Summit

April 26, 2018|10:08 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

On April 16-20, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) convened a wide array of partners in Atlanta and hosted the 2018 Preparedness Summit, “Strengthening National Health Security: Mastering Ordinary Responses, Building Resilience for Extraordinary Events.” Throughout the week, public health preparedness partners and stakeholders discussed a variety of topics, including last year’s devastating wildfire and hurricane seasons, as well nuclear preparedness in the face of escalating geopolitical tensions. The summit also offered an opportunity for attendees to share new research, tools, and resources, with the aim of enhancing the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other emergencies. Read More »

National Preparedness Month: Arizona Department of Health Services Shares Lessons Learned

September 28, 2017|12:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Public health preparedness aims to prevent adverse health outcomes through planning, training, and exercising for emergencies, and increasing the public’s awareness of the need for individual preparedness. Since it launched in 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign has sponsored National Preparedness Month, which occurs every September and shares public messaging on how individuals and communities can prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies. Read More »

ASTHO’s Health Security Team Strengthens Preparedness and Response Capabilities Through Partnerships and Collaboration

April 03, 2017|11:42 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

While it is impossible to predict when a public health crisis may occur, the ability of state and territorial health departments to secure the nation’s health against a variety of threats relies on a capable and equipped public health workforce. ASTHO plays a pivotal role in ensuring that state and territorial health departments can prepare for and respond to all hazards, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats; natural disasters; and infectious disease outbreaks. Read More »