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Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication

The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at Drexel University School of Public Health conducts research and provides service and education in the field of public health emergency preparedness. The Center’s mission is to build public health infrastructure and capacity for disaster response and recovery, and enhance community preparedness and resilience. We have particular interest in improving outcomes for individuals who may be at risk for severe consequences after disasters.

The Center has expertise in public health practice and preparedness, crisis and emergency risk communication, planning, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and infectious diseases and their control. Partners include local and state public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders engaged in emergency response and preparedness.  

New Projects Underway This Year

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center is currently working on a number of initiatives including:

  • A plan to work with pharmacies on pharmaceutical distribution and access during public health emergencies in Pennsylvania that require mass prophylaxis or that disrupt access to medications for the treatment of chronic diseases.
  • A plan to work with urgent care centers in Pennsylvania and create bidirectional communication channels between the centers and public health agencies.
  • A social media message library that includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram message templates specific for 23 different public health disasters.