Trust for America's Health Initiatives

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.




TFAH Reports

December 2017
Ready or Not? 2017
Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

August 2017
Prevention and Public Health Fund Detailed Information

March 2017
Impact of the 2017 Health Reform Proposals on Clinical Preventive Services

December 2016
Ready or Not?
Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism

November 2016
Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress

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Latest News

January 28, 2018
John Auerbach on Public Health Funding

January 22, 2018
Our Complacency About the Flu Is Killing Us

December 21, 2017
These States Are Best Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

December 19, 2017
NIH lifts limits on making deadly new viruses in the lab

November 1, 2017
U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health
Even within a single county, health outcomes for residents can vary widely.

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Policy and Advocacy

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

Press Releases

May 22, 2018
TFAH Applauds the Introduction of the Bipartisan Pandemic And All-Hazards Preparedness And Advancing Innovation ActóBut Improvements Can Be Made

December 19, 2017
Half of States Scored 5 or Lower Out of 10 Indicators in Report on Health Emergency Preparedness Report Finds Funding to Support Base Level of Preparedness Cut More than Half Since 2002

July 25, 2017
The Senateís Latest Obamacare Replacement Effort will not improve the Nationís Health, Affordable Care Act

June 20, 2017
Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare Joint Statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for Americaís Health

May 23, 2017
The Presidentís FY 2018 Budget Proposal Would be Perilous for the Nationís Health

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

CDC's Pandemic Flu Website "An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Pandemics happen when new (novel) influenza A viruses emerge which are able to infect people easily and spread from person to person in an efficient and sustained way. The United States is NOT currently experiencing an influenza pandemic."

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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