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Project Public Health Ready

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department (LHD) capacity and capability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.  PPHR aims to protect the public's health and increase the public health infrastructure by equipping local health departments with sustainable tools to plan, train, and exercise using a continuous improvement model.

Since 2004, nearly 400 LHDs have been recognized as meeting all the PPHR requirements individually or working collaboratively as a region.  Click on states in blue below to view the PPHR-recognized LHDs in that state.

Please visit our PPHR Overview page to learn more about the program and how your health department can become involved.

Current PPHR applicants in need of resources to assist them with developing their applications should visit our Current Applicants page.

To learn more about the opportunity to serve as a reviewer for PPHR applications, please visit our PPHR National Reviewer page.

In the Spotlight
New Project Public Health Ready Criteria Now Available

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is pleased to announce the release of Version 8 of the PPHR criteria and Version 3 of the PPHR re-recognition criteria. These new versions have been updated to align with the most current standards and federal guidelines, including the Operational Readiness Review Tool (ORR). These criteria will be the standards for agencies applying for PPHR recognition or re-recognition in 2016. Please click "more" to see the new criteria and comparison documents identifying the changes made from the previous versions.