Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: A National Collaborative Training Plan   [open pdf - 159KB]

This document summarizes the current status CDC activities related to national training strategies to enhance preparedness at the front line of public health. The report identifies the core content and elements of training; the key target audiences; and the strategies being deployed to implement the plan. In addition, in specific instances, incentives strategies (e.g., certification) are in place to assure preparedness. The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. and the episodes of anthrax exposure demonstrated the urgent need for a well prepared and trained front-line workforce which includes public health and medical care professionals, first responders, and community volunteers. Without preparation in core competencies of bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, the capacity of agencies and communities may be unpredictable. Individuals will be called upon to respond beyond their readiness. Extraordinary partnership is required among federal, state and local agencies, educational institutions, and professional organizations to assure a systematic approach to training which will achieve an effective and sustained public health response.

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