"The public health infrastructure in the United States has eroded unnoticed; however, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 highlighted the need for a robust public health system. Homeland security funding and the Department of Homeland Security's strategic goals have directly impacted the rebuilding of the public health system. While numerous improvements have been made which would directly affect the nation's ability to respond to a public health emergency, such as the implementation of disease surveillance programs, the fostering of interagency cooperation, and the development of the Medical Reserve Corps, these improvements are also useful during routine incidents. The creation of a strong public health infrastructure will help protect the public from homeland security threats but will also protect them from everyday hazards. The ability to strengthen the nation's response to everyday hazards, while having the ability to scale-up a response for a national emergency, is the most critical aspect of the success of homeland security programs and funding."
2008 the author. Naval Post Graduate School. Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Homeland Security Affairs Journal, http://www.hsaj.org/
Homeland Security Affairs (August 2008), CHDS Essay Contest