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Community News
Health-Related Core Capabilities
Psychiatric News
Volume 46 Number 20 page 6-6

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following 15 core public-health emergency capabilities. A full discussion of these is found in "Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning, March 2011," posted at <www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/DSLR_capabilities_July.pdf>.

  • Community Preparedness:  Preparing to withstand and recover from public-health incidents.

  • Community Recovery:  Collaborating with health care organizations, businesses, educational systems, emergency management officials, and others to plan and advocate for rebuilding public-health, medical, and mental/behavioral health services.

  • Emergency Operations Coordination:  Establishing a standardized, scalable system of organization and supervision consistent with the National Incident Management System.

  • Emergency Public Information and Warning:  Developing, coordinating, and disseminating information, alerts, warnings, and notifications to the public and to incident-management responders.

  • Fatality Management:  Ensuring the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certifying causes of death; and facilitating access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.

  • Information Sharing:  Routinely sharing information as well as issuing public-health alerts to all levels of government and the private sector to prepare for and respond to events.

  • Mass Care:  Addressing the public-health, medical, and mental/behavioral health needs of people affected by an incident at congregate locations.

  • Medical Countermeasure Dispensing:  Providing medical countermeasures (like vaccines, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, and antitoxin) to treat or prevent disease.

  • Medical Material Management and Distribution:  Acquiring, maintaining, transporting, distributing, and tracking medical material (like pharmaceuticals, gloves, masks, and ventilators).

  • Medical Surge:  Providing adequate medical evaluation and care during events that exceed the limits of the normal medical infrastructure and rapidly returning operations to normal.

  • Nonpharmaceutical Interventions:  The ability to recommend and implement strategies for controlling disease, injury, and exposure.

  • Public-Health Laboratory Testing:  Conducting rapid and conventional detection, characterization, confirmatory testing, data reporting, investigative support, and laboratory networking to address actual or potential exposure to hazards.

  • Public-Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation:  Creating, maintaining, supporting, and strengthening routine health surveillance and detection systems and epidemiological investigation processes.

  • Responder Safety and Health:  Protecting public-health-agency staff responding to an incident and supporting the health and safety needs of hospital and medical-facility personnel.

  • Volunteer Management:  Coordinating identification, recruitment, credential verification, and training of volunteers to support the public-health response to incidents. 6_2.inline-graphic-1.gif

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