The University of Washington Center for Disaster Resilient Communities (CDRC) was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Readiness and Responses’ Office of Applied Research to lead the development of a regional public health emergency preparedness and response (PHEPR) center work plan that will help prepare the Northwest for disasters and emergencies. This Region 10 PHEPR Center will serve Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and its 271 Tribal Nations.
To inform the development of the Region 10 work plan, the UW CDRC is actively recruiting individuals in Region 10 with relevant experience for multiple activities (for full details on activities and time commitments, click here). In addition to state, local and Tribal public health practitioners, we encourage Region 10 partners from healthcare coalitions and facilities, public K12 education system, emergency management, community organizations, academic institution, and others with experience in PHEPR. If you are interested in contributing to this important work through any opportunities listed and meet the participation criteria outlined below, please complete the interest form by November 16 for first consideration.
Opportunities to contribute include through :
- Regional Coordinating Body (up to 24 members) to lead the development of the five-year work plan
- Tribal Coordinating Body (up to 16 members) to lead the development of a tribal-specific work plan
- Data Ecosystem Community of Practice (up to 15 members) to inform regional data ecosystem development
- Offering input through one-time Listening Sessions
- Must be engaged in PHEPR or a related field (all career stages welcome)
- Most work must be within Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and/or the Tribal Nations within Region 10)
- Must be available and able to commit to all activities and time commitments as outlined
This award is part of seven contracts issued by the CDC to support the creation of public health emergency preparedness and response (PHEPR) work plans for regions described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): HHS Regional Offices | HHS.gov. In addition, CDC awarded a contract to provide national coordination, technical assistance and training to support the regional work plan efforts.
Final work plans developed through these contracts will guide the work of the network of regional centers established in 2024. The centers will build on the work of the regional coordinating bodies to implement the work plans to advance regional PHEPR capabilities, focusing on increasing the uptake of evidence-informed preparedness and response programs.
Questions or inquiries can be directed to UW-based Project Manager Jessi Kelley. Please complete the interest form by November 16, 2023 for consideration.