Site Visit

Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Exploring Federal, State, and Local Relationships (Atlanta)
August 7–9, 2002


Eileen Salinsky & Ginger P. Parra


This site visit provided participants with a chance to experience first-hand how public health preparednes capabilities rely on local, state, and federal partnerships. The local component of the site visit focused on the DeKalb County public health department's exemplar bioterrorism preparedness program, a review of Atlanta-area hospitals' emergency medical preparedness efforts, and discussions with local physicians as well as with with local police, fire, and rescue personnel, other first responders, and local political leaders. The state component of the visit included a review of the Georgia public health laboratory, discussions with the governor, the state health officer, and other senior officials responsible for homeland security within the state, and an overview of Georgia's public health and hospital preparedness plans. The federal component focused on the evolving role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in supporting preparedness. The site visit emphasized how these various programs and organizations interact across levels of government and across political jurisdictions to ensure adequate preparedness capabilities. Exploratory in nature, the site visit was designed to identify specific topics that merit focused attention in future programming.

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No report was produced for this site visit.

For more information on emergency preparedness, see the related Background Paper.

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