2010 Report: Public Health Preparedness
“Preparedness continues to be a core focus for CDC. The best approach to preparedness is
the best approach for public health – identify the problems you can do something about,
develop and implement programs, rigorously evaluate their effectiveness, and look for ways
to improve them."
— Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director-
Public health threats are always present. They include natural disasters; biological, chemical, and radiological incidents; and explosions. The impact of these threats can range from local outbreaks to incidents with national or global ramifications. The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic underscored the importance of communities preparing for potential threats to the public’s health. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats can protect the health and safety of the public and emergency responders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plays a pivotal role in preparing our nation for all types of public health threats.17
This report was developed as the nation was responding to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Preparedness activities conducted in 2008 and 2009, the primary timeframes reflected in this report, helped strengthen state and CDC capabilities for responding to the outbreak and increased the resiliency of communities across the nation. Text boxes on state and local response to the pandemic appear throughout this report.
Many lessons from the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic are being identified. An overarching lesson is the need for a sustained commitment to continued planning, training, and exercising to help ensure rapid and effective responses to future challenges that may threaten the public’s health.
- Page last updated September 21, 2010
- Page last reviewed September 21, 2010
- Content source: Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR, formerly the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response [COTPER])