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Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness

Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness

Health emergencies pose some of the greatest threats to our nation, because they can be difficult to prepare for, detect, and contain. Important progress has been made to improve emergency preparedness since September 11, 2001, the subsequent anthrax attack, and Hurricane Katrina; three events that put severe stress on our public health system. However, major problems still remain in our readiness to respond to large-scale emergencies and natural disasters. The country is still insufficiently prepared to protect people from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or acts of bioterrorism, leaving Americans unnecessarily vulnerable to these threats.


Zika Resources: Zika Prevention and Response editorials, letters, statements and social media campaign.




Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.

Press Releases

September 12, 2016
Trust for America’s Health Conducts Social Media Awareness Campaign in Support of Emergency Funding for Zika Prevention and Response

February 11, 2016
TFAH Calls for Additional Policies, Research, Funding and Public Health Capacity to Prepare for Zika and Other Emerging Outbreaks

December 17, 2015
Report Finds Major Gaps in Country’s Ability to Prevent and Control Infectious Disease Outbreaks 28 States and Washington, D.C. Reach Half or Fewer of Key Indicators

July 23, 2015
TFAH Releases Issue Brief – The Clean Water Rule: Clearing up Confusion to Protect Public Health

June 23, 2015
TFAH Statement: Lancet Commission and White House Summit Highlight Urgent Need to Address Climate Change Health Threats

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Zika Prevention Resources Social media posts, downloadable images, Congressional letters -- all focused on prevention & response.

CDC on Emergency Preparedness and Response U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

CDC on Public Health and Natural Disasters U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site, intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.

CDC on the Strategic National Stockpile A CDC website offering background on the Strategic National Stockpile.

CDC's Emergency Preparedness and Response Page CDC works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. When states are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, communities are better protected. CDC plays a critical role in preparing states because of its unique expertise in responding to infectious, occupational, or environmental incidents.

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