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Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication

The mission of the Center for Public Health Readiness & Communication (CPHRC) is to enhance community resiliency and the ability of health professionals, emergency managers, and public safety officials to meet the needs of all communities in times of disaster and public health emergency.

CPHRC Initiatives

Pennsylvania Public Health Risk Assessment Tool (PHRAT)

The CPHRC has created a tool to assist public health and healthcare planners in identifying and prioritizing local public health planning needs. By analyzing different natural, accidental, and intentional hazards, planners can examine the potential impacts of these events to determine which hazards warrant immediate planning efforts. Read more

Preparing for Public Health Emergencies: A Planning Aid for Public Health and Healthcare Professionals

When disasters strike, it is helpful for public health and healthcare staff to have a reference guide on hand to delineate the potential consequences of different disasters across human and community health, as well as healthcare and public health services. The CPHRC developed a planning aid to serve as such a reference guide for use before, during, and after disaster events. Read more

Integrating Community Pediatricians into Public Health Preparedness & Response

To improve community preparedness in Pennsylvania and build the commonwealth’s capacity to care for children in disasters, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) engaged the CPHRC and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) to develop a plan to integrate community pediatricians into disaster preparedness efforts. Read more

Ensuring the Delivery of Human Services in Disasters

Engaging non-profit human service agencies (HSAs) in preparedness, response, and recovery activities has thus become a priority for mitigating the human consequences of disasters and public health emergencies. United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) asked the CPHRC to produce a white paper that outlines existing capacity and challenges for HSAs in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and proposes recommendations for future planning. Read more serves as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking, and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience, and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.