March 20, 2012
Preparedness Brief
Leading the Way to Prepared and Resilient Communities
In This Issue
Advanced Practice Centers
The Staffing Decision Guide: Providing Direction for Disease Investigation and Mass Prophylaxis Operations
Risk Communication—Getting the Message Across
Stories from the Field
The FBI Citizen’s Academy: A Partnership That Strengthens Community Preparedness
ASPR Issues First Disaster Behavioral Health Concept of Operations
CDC to Publish Guide: Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Preparedness Options for Increasing Their Protection during Public Health Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Runner Survives Marathon Collapse, Due to MRC Emergency Response Efforts
Local Health Departments Receive PPHR Recognition
Win a NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference Registration from the APC Program
Twenty-Three Percent all LHDs Reduced or Eliminated Emergency Preparedness during 2011
Tools and Resources
New Interactive Website Available through FEMA’s GPD
The APC Program Supports Your PHEP Capability Objectives
Watch the Exciting Ignite Session from the 2012 PHP Summit
NACCHO Dark Sites
Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
NACCHO's Podcast with HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie
Upcoming Events
Attend the 2012 Integrated Training Summit
APC Presents Webinar, “Tools for Community Practice”
A National Health Security Card—The Time is Now!
2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
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Jack Herrmann, MSEd., NCC, LMHC, Senior Advisor & Chief, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO

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Megan Skupien, Communications Specialist, Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO


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News, Reports, and Journal Articles
Local Health Departments Receive PPHR Recognition

Since 2004, a total of 270 local health departments (LHDs) from 26 states have been recognized as meeting the Project Public Health (PPHR) requirements. Representing the largest cohort to date, 76 LHDs from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia applied for and successfully attained PPHR recognition this year. This group of recently recognized LHDs was honored at the annual PPHR reception, held during the 2012 Preparedness Summit in Anaheim, CA.

PPHR is a competency-based training and recognition program that assesses preparedness and assists local health departments, or groups of local health departments working collaboratively as a region, to respond to emergencies. It builds preparedness capacity and capability through a continuous quality improvement model. The PPHR criteria are national standards for local public health preparedness and are updated annually to incorporate the most recent federal initiatives. Each of the three PPHR project goals—all-hazards preparedness planning, workforce capacity development, and demonstration of readiness through exercises or real events—has a comprehensive list of standards that must be met in order to achieve PPHR recognition.
For more information about PPHR, or to view recognized LHDs across the country, please visit

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