Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State: A CDC Report on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement [open pdf - 13MB]
"Public health threats are inevitable. Being prepared for these threats can save lives and protect the health and safety of the public and emergency responders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to support public health preparedness for all hazards, including natural, biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear events. This work falls under one of the agency's overarching health protection goals: 'People prepared for emerging health threats - people in all communities will be protected from infectious, occupational, environmental, and terrorist threats.' CDC has established nine preparedness goals to strategically direct resources towards achieving this overarching goal. The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax attacks both highlighted the importance of public health during emergencies and showed weaknesses in public health's ability to respond during a potential crisis. In 2002, Congress authorized funding for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement (hereafter referred to as the cooperative agreement) to support preparedness nationwide in state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. As of 2007, the cooperative agreement has provided more than $5 billion to these public health departments. CDC administers the cooperative agreement and provides technical assistance to public health departments. This report outlines progress and challenges. It also describes how CDC and its partners are working to address these challenges."
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/