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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

Roadmap to Ready is a training and mentoring program, to help new emergency preparedness coordinators navigate the complex landscape of public health preparedness. The program provides new preparedness coordinators with the knowledge, skills, connections, and resources they need to successfully prepare their local jurisdictions for new and emerging threats. NACCHO designed the program for preparedness coordinators at local health departments who have been in their roles for less than two years. 

As part of the program, a workshop for accepted participants will be held at the 2016 Preparedness Summit. Applications for participants and mentors are open and will remain open until December 15, 2015. Click here to apply. For more information the benefits and responsibilities of participating and the application process, click here or email

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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 »