New Project Public Health Ready Criteria Now Available

Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is pleased to announce the release of Version 7.1 of the PPHR criteria and Version 2.1 of the PPHR re-recognition criteria. These new versions have been updated to align with the most current standards and federal guidelines, including the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program. These criteria will be the standards for agencies applying for PPHR recognition or re-recognition in 2015. For more information on participating in PPHR, please email

PPHR is a competency-based training and recognition program that assesses preparedness and assists LHDs, or groups of LHDs 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. Please visit for more information.

About Rachel Schulman

Rachel Schulman is a Senior Program Analyst for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes enhancing and recognizing local public health preparedness planning efforts through Project Public Health Ready and building collaborations between public health and emergency management. Twitter: @rms_ph

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