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Public Health Preparedness

icon_phpreparedness100NACCHO’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 enhance their readiness to respond to public health emergencies and other disasters. NACCHO also serves as a conduit through which local input can reach and effect positive change on national initiatives.

In the Spotlight

December 4, 2015

Dear NACCHO Family: Our work in public health requires that we place ourselves squarely on the frontlines in keeping our communities healthy and safe. This sometimes means we risk personal safety in service to our mission. This reality came to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, in a tragic shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded. Among the wounded was one of our colleagues, Amanda Gaspard, an environmental health specialist with San Bernardino County. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.

These incidents are happening all too frequently – on average, a shooting occurs every day in the United States. In 209 out of 336 days this year, at least one shooting left four or more people injured or dead, including a shooting that occurred just last week at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.

In this instance, as our thoughts turn to our friends and colleagues at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, we want to remind and urge all of our colleagues that we are a resilient community that strongly supports each another, especially in times of crisis. To that end, we want to urge our public health department colleagues to seek out others – especially professionals – to talk to about your fears and concerns. Use NACCHO’s resources, and those of other organizations, including SAMHSA’s national helpline.

As always, NACCHO remains committed to providing resources, training, and guidance to their local health department members to help in their response to this ongoing public health challenge. These include Suspicious Activity Training, Active Shooter and Explosive Device, and Risk Communications. You will find resources on NACCHO's Preparedness blog here, including Building Workforce Resilience through the Practice of Psychological First Aid and updated resources from Department of Homeland Security can be found here.

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH
Executive Director More »

Featured Award
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At NACCHO Annual 2015, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced a new award program recognizing the accomplishments of local health departments related to national health security. The National Health Security Award will acknowledge departments that have demonstrated significant accomplishments in implementing health security-related initiatives within their jurisdictions. 

View more about how to apply for the award and to learn more about the National Health Security Strategy. More>>

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Preparedness Brief Blog

NACCHO launched the "The Preparedness Brief Blog" to explore preparedness issues through the lens of local public health. The blog shares the latest news, articles, and upcoming opportunities in local public health preparedness. The Preparedness Brief Blog has replaced NACCHO's bi-monthly Preparedness Brief newsletter. Those who are currently subscribed to the newsletter will continue to receive a regular email newsletter with a digest of posts from the blog. Please make sure that is on your safe senders list. View back issues of the Preparedness Brief newsletter, and read the blog. More »