2013 National Health Security Preparedness Index Unveiled

The 2013 National Health Security Preparedness Index, a preparedness measurement instrument developed under direction by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was released to the public on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Senate Dirksen Building, in Washington, DC. This first-of-its-kind tool results from one of the largest collaborations on measuring preparedness to date.

See the ASPPH Friday Letter to learn more about the Index.


2013 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice

The award was established in 2005 by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former dean of Pitt Public Health and emeritus professor in Environmental and Occupational Health, and his wife, Russellyn Carruth, an adjunct professor in Pitt’s School of Law. The Goldstein Award recognizes in alternating academic years a student associated with the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) or the Center for Health Equity.

CPHP is pleased to announce that it has awarded Michelle Basque, a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, the 2013 Goldstein Award for her work with the Indicators for Stress Adaption Analytics Project (ISAAC) of the Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies. Using a new metric, ISAAC, Ms. Basque works with local health jurisdictions, enabling them to better understand their role in an emergency response, thus allowing them to strengthen their preparedness plans.

Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

The Seminar Series is sponsored by the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory and supported through PHASYS, the NIH/NIGMS Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vaccine Modeling Initiative.

See the Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series Web site for information about upcoming events.

Past seminars can be viewed by visiting https://www.phdl.pitt.edu/index.php/phdl-seminars, and clicking the seminar title.


JPHMP Journal Cover - Dynamics of Preparedness

Dynamics of Preparedness Conference—Special Issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence held the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference October 22–24, 2012. This public health systems conference brought together researchers, public policy makers, and research sponsors to present, critique, and propose innovative methods for the study of emergency preparedness in public health systems.

Results from the conference were published in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Conference participants heard about innovative methods and novel approaches to measure and evaluate public health systems in emergencies. They critiqued the rigor and quality of research output and flagged issues for which a better base in evidence was needed. They considered whether and how research in preparedness would be sustainable in the future. We acknowledge and thank the University of Pittsburgh’s MIDAS Center of Excellence for its support of both the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference and this special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

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