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Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication

The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication 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.

New Projects Underway This Year

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center is currently working on a number of initiatives including:

  • Development of emergency preparedness and continuity of operations training for the attendees of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Association mid-year meeting, including a table top exercise.
  • Risk communication training workshops for public health and healthcare system staff to be provided throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available soon.
  • Ongoing additions to our Social Media Message Library, including templated messages for those with access/functional needs, and new hazards including active shooter, explosives, earthquake, and vector-borne disease.

Additionally, as part of a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are currently conducting a case study analysis of syndromic surveillance practices by state and local health departments.