In the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks that traumatized the nation, the College of Medicine at Florida State University established the Center on Terrorism and Public Health in the fall of 2001 to assist Florida in its preparation for anticipated terrorist attacks.While terrorist incidents remain a serious threat to public health readiness, the scope of public health preparedness has progressively been broadened to include natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earth quakes, and most recently, oil spills. To reflect this expansion, the Center on Terrorism and Public Health was recently renamed the Center for Strategic Public Health Preparedness (CSPHP).
The mission of CSPHP is to actively support national priorities for public health preparedness through the following activities:
Activities include surveillance, epidemic analysis, information and communications systems development, intervention strategies, manpower utilization, and business process application.
Assessment and Evaluation
Activities include after action facilitation, process and outcome evaluation, assessment according to established plans, assessment and evaluation plan development, on-site evaluation reviews, and budget performance analysis.
Education and Training
Activities include course design and production, multi-media presentations, hands-on and site-specific training, drills and exercises (from table top to full scale), HSEEP standards, public health for incident command, and CDC and DHS standards training.
Activities include public health response assistance, program development facilitation, information systems development, program management support, grant writing and reporting, and business support.
Activities include statute and rule analysis and development; operating protocols; PHEP plan development; state-specific command and control; federal, state and local integration; standards of care; and emergency public health authorities.
Furthermore, the core operating strategy of CSPHP is to emphasis the employment of public health principles in preparedness and response.
The ten-year anniversaries of the aforementioned events of September 2001 are imminent. Yet, despite the incredibly productive work of the nation’s dedicated public health professionals, encumbered by shrinking budgets and expanding challenges, there remain serious deficits in many public health readiness programs. CSPHP can provide a capable, experienced and science-based resource for federal, state and local public health agencies, their associations and others seeking to develop and/or improve public health readiness. Faculty and consultants of CSPHP have been professionally engaged in the critical issues and programs related to public health preparedness since 2001. CSPHP will be reaching out to nationaland international organizations to define our role and offer support. We encourage organizations with missions in public health preparedness to contact us.