News & Perspective

Dec 09, 2014

Dec 09, 2014
Patient being loaded into ambulance

Revised health preparedness index grades US at 7.4 out of 10

The score suggests the nation has substantial health security but also room to improve.

Jul 01, 2014

Jul 01, 2014
Emergency department sign

HHS readiness grants: more for public health, less for hospitals

Overall funding for fiscal year 2014 will be $840 million — a $76 million cut.

Apr 09, 2014

Apr 09, 2014
H1N1 pandemic

Fineberg: 5 years after H1N1, world still not ready for pandemic

Readiness is better now, Fineberg said, "but it's not adequate."

Jan 16, 2014

Jan 16, 2014
US Capitol

US budget bill restores some funding for public health

The bill provides increases for the CDC, DHS, and FDA and funds for pandemic readiness.

Dec 05, 2013

Dec 05, 2013
Emergency department sign

New health preparedness index gives US overall good marks

An exhaustive 2-year effort gives the US an overall score of 7.2 out of 10.

Jul 12, 2007

Jul 12, 2007

How to avoid a dangerous hazard in the all-hazards approach

Are you in charge of your company's crisis response plan or part of a business team trained to manage a sizable emergency that could threaten your organization's continuity? If so, you're no stranger to the concept of "all-hazards" preparedness. The business world has increasingly emphasized such an approach since the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina experiences—and with good reason.

Jul 26, 2004

Jul 26, 2004

Beyond the debate about pandemic severity lies a critical business continuity issue

Any discussion of the next influenza pandemic inevitably leads to "guesstimates" of severity.

Jun 28, 2007

Jun 28, 2007

Is H5N1 still a threat? What to do when your pandemic preparedness work is challenged

How are you explaining the current risk of an H5N1-related influenza pandemic to your boss, the emergency preparedness committee, or the executive suite today? Is the task daunting? Are you being waved off with the comment that all this attention to pandemic preparedness is just public health's version of Y2K?

Jul 17, 2007

Jul 17, 2007

Read 'FAFfing About' if you need some motivation

Whenever my commitment to pandemic preparedness starts to flag, I read something wrongheaded by an opponent of preparedness. Here's my take on an example from a major medical journal.

Sep 20, 2007

Sep 20, 2007

A shot in the arm for preparedness: Former CEO offers what's needed to engage your CEO

In epidemiology we have a saying: What gets counted, gets acted upon.

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