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2010 Report: Public Health Preparedness

Measuring Preparedness

CDC has developed and continues to design additional capability-based performance measures to monitor how well federal investments have improved the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. This report presents 2008 data (the most current available) on the performance measures listed below. The data were submitted to CDC by state, locality, and U.S. insular area public health departments that received PHEP cooperative agreement funding.

Laboratory testing performance measure. States must be able to detect and determine the extent and scope of potential outbreaks to minimize their impact. The intent of the laboratory testing performance measure is to determine if a laboratory can rapidly receive, test, and report disease-causing bacteria (Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes) within a specified timeframe.

Response performance measure. A state, locality, or U.S. insular area’s emergency operations center serves as the central command and control facility for carrying out strategic preparedness, planning, and management of emergency situations, including ensuring continuity of operations. The intent of the response performance measures is to demonstrate capabilities for response activities related to the following areas:

  • Notification of emergency operations center staff
  • Activation of the emergency operations center
  • Assessment of response capabilities through after action reports and
  • Re-evaluation of response capabilities following the approval and completion of corrective actions identified in a AAR/IPs

Additional performance measures are currently being implemented as well as pilot tested. Performance measures being implemented address the capabilities of crisis and emergency risk communication with the public, incident management, and laboratory services. Performance measures for epidemiological investigation, environmental exposure investigations, surveillance, and additional laboratory services are currently being pilot tested and will be implemented in the near future.






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