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Practitioners drive planning for a future public health preparedness and response center

Two practitioners move stickies around on a discussion posterThe University of Washington’s Center for Disaster Resilient Communities, in collaboration with a number of partners, is developing a regional public health emergency preparedness and response center for HHS Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and 272 Tribal Nations.

Unlike traditional university-based research, this project is practitioner-led, with input from professionals in public health, emergency management, education, healthcare and tribal organizations. Through iterative discussions and meetings, key priorities have been identified, including improving communication, enhancing workforce capacity and leadership and addressing future hazards. The emphasis is on culturally and community-tailored approaches to ensure equitable access to emergency preparedness strategies.

Two work plans will be developed and submitted to the CDC by mid-September 2024.

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