Assessing public health emergency preparedness: concepts, tools, and challenges.

TitleAssessing public health emergency preparedness: concepts, tools, and challenges.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsNelson, C, Lurie, N, Wasserman, J
JournalAnnual review of public health
Volume28
Pagination1-18
Date Published2007
ISSN0163-7525
KeywordsDisaster Planning, Emergency Medical Services, Health Policy, Humans, Public Health Administration, Social Responsibility, United States
Abstract

Policymakers are increasingly seeking to determine whether the federal government's recent investments in public health preparedness have left the public health system better prepared to respond to large-scale public health emergencies. Yet, there remain questions about how to define "public health emergency preparedness," how much preparedness is enough, and how preparedness can be measured and assessed. This chapter identifies the key challenges associated with measuring public health preparedness and reviews approaches currently in use. We also identify some emerging measurement techniques that might help address some of these challenges.

Alternate JournalAnnu Rev Public Health