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The Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Triad (Text Description)

This is a visual depiction of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Triad, represented by a triangle with equal-length sides. At the apex of the triangle are the words "Public Health." The bottom right corner of the triangle is labeled "Healthcare Delivery System," and the bottom left corner is labeled "Emergency Management."

The segment of the triangle connecting the apex ("Public Health") with the bottom left corner ("Emergency Management") is marked "competency." The segment connecting the apex ("Public Health") with the bottom right corner ("Healthcare Delivery System") is marked "capability," and the base segment of the triangle (connecting the corner labeled "Emergency Management" with the corner labeled "Healthcare Delivery System") is marked "capacity." Inside the triangle are the terms: "Prepare, Respond, Recover, and Mitigate."

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