Quickly Noted: CPHP’s Defunded?
Heads up from Kim at Disaster Preparedness. Apparently the CDC’s Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) have been zero’ed out in next year’s budget. This is the first that I’ve heard of this, although truthfully I wouldn’t be privy to this type of news.
So, I’d like to put a feeler out to my readers: What’s going on with this? Is it true? CPHP fellows are highly encouraged to post a comment and give us the lowdown. Please defend your Center and let us all know what you’ve been up to.
My understanding of the CPHP Program is embarrassingly incomplete. I haven’t had the opportunity to interact with any of the local Centers in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Burlington County, NJ or UMDNJ, which is something that I now regret. For those as in the dark as I am, according to the CDC’s website the goals of the program are as follows:
- Strengthen public health workforce readiness through implementation of programs for life-long learning;
- Strengthen capacity at State and local levels for terrorism preparedness and emergency public health response; and,
- Develop a network of academic-based programs contributing to national terrorism preparedness and emergency response by sharing expertise and resources across State and local jurisdictions.
Seems like a pretty good idea, I think. I rarely ask for reader feedback on this blog (although I’ll always welcome it), but am reaching out to you all now. Anybody have the inside scoop? Or even any scoop?
Additional note: Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response has a great weekly email update of preparedness trainings in Connecticut and news items that I’ve been receiving for a number of months now. After a bit of investigation, it seems that this wonderful product might be affected by this decision.