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Public Health Preparedness

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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.

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NACCHO and the UPMC Center for Health Security released their joint report Riding the Mobile Wave: What Local Health Departments Need in order to Adopt Social Media and Mobile Health Technologies for Emergency Preparedness. While the American public’s use of social media and mobile technologies has grown dramatically in recent years, most LHDs are not using these tools because they lack the resources or support needed to carry out these efforts. This study analyzes what organizational factors LHD staff perceive as necessary to support their use of social media and mobile health (mHealth). The lessons learned from this study can inform policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels of how to support LHDs in advancing their use of social media and mHealth for emergency preparedness. More »

2014 Preparedness Summit

Explore the full schedule of learning sessions, workshops, town halls, and ignites available at the 2014 Preparedness Summit! This year’s schedule is packed with a wide-array of topics that offer learning opportunities for professionals working in all aspects of preparedness. Summit sessions are often highly interactive and many involve real life exercises and/or certification. Some sessions may offer continuing education units-- stay tuned to for scheduling updates. More »

Preparedness Brief Blog

NACCHO is pleased to announce the launch of "The Preparedness Brief Blog." This new blog explores preparedness issues through the lens of local public health, and will share the latest news, articles, and upcoming opportunities in local public health preparedness. The Preparedness Brief Blog will replace 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 new blog. More »