AJPH publishes supplement on public health emergency preparedness

Date: Sep 27 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018 – In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the American Journal of Public Health published select papers from a special issue today, Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness and Response Research. This issue highlights projects that address the translation gap between research and practice in public health preparedness and response.

Considering the enormous impact of recent emergencies like Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Florence, these conversations seek to strengthen the public health community’s preparedness capabilities in the face of new and emerging threats. 

The full supplement, which will be released in October, will showcase work conducted by seven academic centers for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative: translation, dissemination, and implementation of promising PHPR evidence-based tools and trainings. The tools and trainings selected for inclusion were developed by the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers and the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers.

In his essay published as a part of this supplement, Jay Maddock, dean of Texas A&M School of Public Health writes, “The focus of this special issue is on seven sites that received funding for translation, dissemination, and implementation.” He adds, “The projects discussed in this supplement contain a variety of different approaches and areas of focus, including mental health, public health law, and public health in prisons and jails…In reading the articles, one is impressed by the magnitude of the problem and the scope of solutions that are needed. These articles present a strong step toward integrating evidenced-based practice vis-`a-vis public health preparedness into the public health system, but there is still much work to be done.”

The supplement includes 15 articles including commentaries, editorials and Public Health Practice essays. Together, these papers highlight considerations public health must make in working to meet its goals for emergency preparedness.

This publication was supported under cooperative agreement, CDC’s Collaboration with Academia to Strengthen Public Health Workforce Capacity, grant number 3 U36 OE000002-04 S05, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response through the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, or ASPPH.

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