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Slide Presentation by Paul Halverson, Dr.P.H.

On May 1, 2002, Paul Halverson, Dr.P.H., made a presentation in a Web-assisted teleconference at Session 3, which was entitled "Assessing Hospital and Health System Preparedness and Response."

This is the text version of Dr. Halverson's slide presentation. Select to access the slides or to access the streaming video of Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness.

Assessing Hospital and Health System Preparedness and Response

Paul Halverson, Dr.P.H.
Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research
Public Health Practice Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Slide 1

Public Health System

A public health system includes: all public, private, and voluntary entities that contribute to the delivery of public health services within a jurisdiction.

  • A public health system is: a network of entities with differing roles, relationships, and interactions.
  • All entities that contribute to the health and well-being of the community are included.

Slide 2

An Example of the Local Public Health System: Bioterrorism

This slide shows a diagram of the different entities and agencies involved in the local public health system and how they work together around bioterrorism. In the center are hospitals, the health department, and emergency management, and these entities are surrounded by and connected to over a dozen other entities including doctors, churches, police, fire departments, etc.

Slide 3

Assessing Local Public Health Capacities

  • Partnership with the Department of Justice.
  • An assessment tool to identify emergency response capabilities and needs for local public health systems.
  • Based on Ten Essential Public Health Services.

Also on this slide is a picture of the title page of the "Fiscal Year 1999 State Preparedness Equipment Program."

Slide 4

Public Health System Infrastructure Model

This slide shows a diagram of the Public Health System Infrastructure Model, which brings different goals, capabilities and infrastructure together in the shape of a triangle.

Public Health Response.

  • Bioterrorism.
  • Emerging infections.
  • Other health threats.

Essential Capabilities:
Surveillance. Laboratory Practice. Epidemic Investigation.

Basic Infrastructure:
Information & Knowledge Systems. Workforce Competency. Organizational Capacity.

Slide 5

HHS Announces $1.1 Billion in Funding to States For Bioterrorism Preparedness

This slide has an image of the "HHS News" Web site logo.

  • HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today sent letters to governors detailing how much each state will receive of the $1.1 billion to help them strengthen their capacity to respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies resulting from terrorism. The money will allow states to begin planning and building the public health systems necessary to respond. (January 31, 2002)

Slide 6

Public Health Focus Areas

  1. Preparedness and Planning.
  2. Surveillance & Epidemiology.
  3. Laboratory.
  4. Chemical Lab (not applicable).
  5. HAN/IT.
  6. Risk Communication.
  7. Training & Education.

Slide 7

Public Health Assessment Web Resources

Current as of June 2002

Internet Citation

Assessing Hospital and Health System Preparedness and Response. Presentation by Paul Halverson, at Web-Assisted Teleconference, "Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness: Emerging Tools, Methods, and Strategies." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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