New Article Encourages Preparedness Professionals to Gain Skills, Not Stuff

In a new article authored for Domestic Preparedness, Andrew Roszak, senior director for environmental health, pandemic preparedness, and catastrophic response at NACCHO, encourages preparedness professionals to stop measuring their readiness by the amount of stuff stockpiled, and to instead measure it by capacity to recognize triggers, activate systems, and perform essential tasks. Additionally, the article examines changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Strategic National Stockpile program, namely the shift in medical countermeasure evaluation from a Technical Assistance Review to an Operational Readiness Review.

This shift in thinking about preparedness is juxtaposed with the results of NACCHO’s latest National Profile of Local Health Departments, which shows that preparedness funding at the state and local levels has declined notably. This can often lead to cuts in preparedness trainings, exercises, and other critical functions.

Read the article in full for more information.

About Katie Regan

Katie Regan serves as the Communications Specialist for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices through NACCHO's various storytelling and communications channels. Twitter: @katiejregan

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