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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

The CDC continues to actively respond to and monitor an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The agency recently released Top 10 Ebola Response Planning Tips: Ebola Readiness Self-Assessment for State and Local Public Health Officials.

Follow NACCHO's ongoing coverage of Ebola here. The CDC's Newsroom webpage contains additional updates. The World Health Organization's website also contains information and resources. More »


With support from CDC, NACCHO has developed a resource portfolio for LHDs to reference and utilize when addressing the CDC public health preparedness capabilities 1, 6, 8 & 9, and 13. NACCHO’s advisory groups, comprised of local public health preparedness practitioners, helped identify key roles and responsibilities of LHDs with respect to meeting specific preparedness capability requirements, in order to better understand their greatest challenges and needs in meeting these requirements. NACCHO then partnered with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy to identify, research, and validate tools, practices, and products that can assist LHDs in addressing the identified challenges. After evaluating hundreds of tools, the final portfolio contains a list of vetted, top tier resources for LHDs to use to meet each capability. NACCHO has also developed two short webcasts that further highlight the resources available for Capability 1: Community Preparedness, as well as Capability 8: Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and 9: Medical Materiel Management and Distribution. These webcasts are available now through NACCHO University. More »

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 »