Forum Session

Improving Readiness against Bioterrorist Threats: State Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Plans
June 21, 2002


Eileen Salinsky


This meeting explored state-level efforts to upgrade public health and hospital preparedness and response capabilities to improve readiness for potential bioterrorist threats. Speakers discussed the processes used to develop preparedness plans, the tensions inherent in the planning process, capacities targeted for improvement, and the ongoing implementation challenges faced by state and local public health jurisdictions.


Kathleen E. Toomey, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Public Health, Georgia Department of Human Resources; John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health; Garry L. McKee, PhD, MPH, Director, Wyoming Department of Health; Joe Steven Cline, DDS, MPH, Chief, Epidemiology Section, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Thomas Milne, Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials; Alana Knudson-Buresh, PhD, Senior Director, Public Health Information and Infrastructure Policy, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, "Will the Nation Be Ready for the Next Bioterrorism Attack? Mending Gaps in the Public Health Infrastructure" (Issue Brief No. 776, June 12, 2002.

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