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Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication

The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC) at the Dornsife School of Public Health conducts research and provides service and education in the field of public health emergency preparedness. The Center’s mission is to build public health infrastructure and capacity for disaster response and recovery, and enhance community preparedness and resilience. We have particular interest in improving outcomes for individuals who may be at risk for severe consequences after disasters.

The Center has expertise in public health practice and preparedness, crisis and emergency risk communication, planning, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and infectious diseases and their control. Partners include local and state public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders engaged in emergency response and preparedness.

Projects Currently Underway

  • In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CPHRC is collaborating on a three year project with the AJ Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to study the disaster communication needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). For more information on this project, click here.
  • The CPRHC has received a mini-grant from Climate and Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) of the Franklin Institute, to provide educational workshops on climate change to medical students at the Drexel University College of Medicine. These workshops, which are planned for April and May 2018, will provide medical students with the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate the health effects of climate change on vulnerable communities, and ways to mitigate them. For more information on this project, click here.