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Meta-Leadership: Closing Preparedness Gaps to Safeguard America

Categories: Preparedness, Response


By Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the deep budget cuts that are straining the capacity of CDC, along with state and local health agencies across the country.  In these tough times, community leaders have to figure out creative ways to help close the gaps to keep America healthy, safe and secure.

One model approach for bringing communities together is the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness.  A “meta-leader” is a leader of leaders – someone who can mobilize people and organizations to collaborate in times of crisis.

Creating and Strengthening Community-Based Disaster Coalitions

Categories: Preparedness, Response

evacuation route street sign

By Christine Griffith and Carol Jeffers, Sarasota County Health and Human Service, and Patrick Gardner, University of South Florida 

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Sarasota County is no stranger to extreme weather and natural disasters. But as Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says, “You don’t have to be hit by a hurricane to be impacted by one.”  In addition to direct blows from Mother Nature, Sarasota must also be prepared to receive evacuees from other areas affected by disasters. 

Vaccines: Test Your Knowledge

Categories: Prevention/Vaccination

  Doctor giving shot to woman

World experts are working to increase vaccination to protect our communities: True or False? 

TRUE.  Immunization campaigns have played an important role in helping vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio virtually disappear. The occurrence of diseases such as measles, pertussis, and diphtheria, among others were all significantly reduced after vaccination.   At the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, GA from March 11-14, vaccines were a hot topic. This biennial conference gathered world experts from across the nation including CDC, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), World Health Organization (WHO), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and many others to discuss the latest diseases plaguing society, who they are affecting, why they are present, and what can be done to control them. These experts are continually working to promote the health of our communities through effective vaccination programs and the development of new vaccines.

Connect with CDC on LinkedIn

Categories: General

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CDC has created a LinkedIn account to bring together emergency preparedness and response professionals across the nation. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members and growing rapidly. This page connects you to trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Connect with us today to receive updates, take part in discussions, and provide feedback on upcoming CDC initiatives.

Run for Your Lives

Categories: General, Preparedness, Response, Zombies

CDC staff after zombie raceThis weekend I attempted to stay healthy by running in a 5k. This wasn’t just any 5k though; along with several obstacles and an absurd amount of mud, it included zombies trying to “infect” runners (i.e. steal their flags). Of course what better way to improve your race time than to be chased by zombies?

Disaster Movies: Lessons Learned

Categories: Disease Investigation, General, Preparedness

twister backdrop

By Regina Quadir

With the Oscars just 3 days away, movies have been on our mind lately here at CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.  Especially disaster movies.  They come in all kinds of flavors: deadly viruses, tornadoes, earthquakes, and, yes, even snakes on a plane.  

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