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NACCHO Resources
NACCHO’s Public Health Preparedness Programs
NACCHO's preparedness work focuses on activities related to both practice and policy. NACCHO creates new tools and improves existing ones to help local health departments (LHDs) enhance their readiness to respond to emergencies, including terrorist incidents. NACCHO also serves as a conduit through which local input can reach and effect positive change on national initiatives. NACCHO's preparedness programs include: Advanced Practice Centers, All-Hazards Preparedness Integration and Policy, the Medical Reserve Corps, Project Public Health Ready, and the Strategic National Stockpile. More »
NACCHO's Toolbox
NACCHO's Toolbox is the online compendium of public health tools. The PPHR Toolkit is a searchable online database of best-practices, including tools and resources from recognized health departments. The PPHR Toolkit includes a number of tools and resources, such as epidemiology, surge capacity, mass prophylaxis and immunization, training plan, after action reports, and future exercise plans.  More »
Model Practices
The Model Practice Database is an online, searchable collection of practices across public health areas.  This database allows you to benefit from your colleagues' experiences, to learn what works, and to ensure that resources are used wisely on effective programs that have been implemented with good results.  The database features practices in the following areas:  community health, environmental health, public health infrastructure, and emergency preparedness. More »
NACCHO's Public Health Accreditation Preparation Program
NACCHO has a number of resources for local health departments to prepare for national accreditation. Available on the Web site are a self-assessment tool; state-specific standards and programs; quality improvement tools and resources; archived issues of accreditNATION e-newsletter; and examples of partnerships and regionalization efforts to help meet standards. More »
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this tool helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. LHDs that have participated in PPHR will have the preliminary tools and knowledge to successfully participate in MAPP, which focuses on the entire public health system. Subsequently, LHDs that have already participated in MAPP will be more prepared to participate in PPHR because necessary partnerships and knowledge of system gaps and needs will already be in place.  More »
Other Resources
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
ASPPH promotes the efforts of schools and programs of public health to improve the health of every person through education, research, and policy. ASPPH works with stakeholders to develop solutions to the most pressing health concerns and provides access to the ongoing initiatives of the schools and programs of public health. More »
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Website
The Emergency Preparedness and Response site, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides information for the public regarding ways to prepare for emergencies.  Not only does the site include information on agents and disease, but there is also detailed information related to the preparation of an emergency plan and individual and family protection recommendations.  More »
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC website provides users with a host of information to help protect oneself from disease or the effects of a disaster. With information regarding disease prevention, healthy living, health news, etc., the website is an excellent resource for preparing to deal with challenges in public health.  More »
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)
CDC's PERLC program provides funding for 14 sites across the U.S. PERLC provide training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners' unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response; specialized training, education, and consultation. More »
Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) Education Resource Guides
CPHP Education Resource Guides were established by the CDC and ASPH in an effort to share selected resources that represent different areas of preparedness. The resources were developed to be guides that both the CPHP network and the workforce can use to navigate the many training resources offered by CPHP and/or learn from the many lessons CPHP have experienced in training and education for public health preparedness. More »
Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Association of Schools of Public Health has created core competencies in emergency preparedness for public health workers. Their list represents individual competencies that mid-level workers, regardless of their employment setting, are expected to demonstrate to assure readiness. . Core competencies can be used in:

  1. Updating/revising job descriptions
  2. As an outline for new employee orientation and employee training
  3. Self-assessment by public health employees

These core competencies can be used to guide the training needs assessment and workforce development plan required by Goal II of the PPHR criteria. More »

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is a part of the Department of Homeland Security.  It provides relief for all disasters, natural and man made, in order to prevent loss of life and property.  FEMA depends on emergency management through preparedness, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation.  The FEMA web site informs the public about disasters as well as provides a variety of information to prepare for disaster situations.  More »
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HSEEP is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program that provides a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. In addition to having information regarding preparedness exercises, HSEEP provides its users with a toolbox of useful exercises performed by various jurisdictions in the past that can serve as a model for other areas preparing for emergency response. Goal III of the PPHR Criteria is also compliant to the HSEEP Guidance.  More »
Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
LLIS is the national network of lessons learned and best practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials. LLIS's secure, restricted-access information is designed to facilitate efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to acts of terrorism and other incidents across all disciplines and communities throughout the US. LLIS is an encrypted system and all users are verified emergency response providers and homeland security officials. All Lessons Learned and Best Practices are peer-validated by homeland security professionals. LLIS houses an extensive catalog of after action reports as well as an updated list of homeland security documents from the Department of Homeland Security and other federal, state, and local organizations.  More »
National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)
To help the nation respond to a disaster, NCDP conducts research and provides expert advice on the critical system issues.  More specifically, NCDP:

  • Explores the willingness and ability of the critical infrastructure workforce to report to work during a disaster, and the means by which to best mitigate workforce absenteeism
  • Develops training initiatives to specifically address the needs of the nation's public health workforce
  • Explores how to best meet the disaster-based primary health care needs of those affected by disaster. 
The resources provided by NCDP are free courses that seek to add value to the preparedness programs of different health departments.  More »
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
NIMS was developed so that responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. The National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Integration Division was established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide strategic direction for and oversight of the NIMS. The most recent versions of NIMS compliance can be found here.  More »
National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP)
The NPHPS Program is a national partnership initiative that has developed national public health performance standards for state and local public health systems and for public health governing bodies.  The mission of NPHPS is to improve the quality of public health practice and performance of public health systems by:

  • Providing performance standards for public health systems and encouraging their widespread use
  • Encouraging and leveraging national, state, and local partnerships to build a stronger foundation for public health preparedness
  • Promoting continuous quality improvement of public health systems
  • Strengthening the science base for public health practice improvement
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North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness (NCCPHP)
The NCCPHP is a program of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the service and outreach arm of the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health. The overall mission of NCCPHP is to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to prepare for and respond to terrorism and other emerging public health threats by:

  • assessing the competency of the public health workforce in core public health skills and bioterrorism preparedness
  • facilitating training to meet the assessed needs
  • carrying out applied research on emerging health issues
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Public Health Preparedness Database
The Public Health Preparedness Database was produced by RAND, a nonprofit group working toward improving policy and decision making through research and development. The web site contains a searchable database of exercises used to evaluate public health preparedness. The materials contained in this web site were designed to help state and local public health officials identify and evaluate exercises to be used in preparedness activities in their local areas. More »
Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness
Compiled by the New York Academy of Medicine, the Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness is a gateway to freely available online resources related to public health preparedness. Resources include expert guidelines, fact sheets, web sites, research reports, articles, and other tools aimed at the public health community. More »
University of California at Los Angeles Center for Public Health and Disasters
The Center for Public Health and Disasters promotes interdisciplinary efforts to reduce the health impacts of domestic and international, natural and human-generated disasters. The center collaborates with state and local public health agencies, community-based organizations, schools, hospitals, and agencies in the public and private sector. Its main objective is to strengthen emergency preparedness and response at the front lines by linking academic expertise to state and local public health agency needs. More »