America Has Grown Shortsighted When It Comes To Preparedness And Public Health

September 15, 2011
by Jeff Levi
Homeland Security Today

There is no doubt that the attacks on September 11, 2001 rocked the country from coast to coast. The tragedy was clearly the beginning of a new paradigm for those traditionally involved in homeland security.

However, there was a sense immediately following the September 11 attacks within the public health community that something else might be coming. While ultimately unrelated, the anthrax attacks ushered the United States and public health into a completely new era, especially when it came to national defense.

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's recently published report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax:  Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, features more than 30 firsthand, on-the-ground accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11 and anthrax tragedies.


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