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County Offices Achieve National Standards of Public Health Preparedness for Emergency Response
January 13, 2015
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January 13, 2015
Contact: Communications Office
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health today announced four additional counties have received national Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) recognition from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for meeting rigorous national standards of public health preparedness. This news brings the total number of Florida counties that have received this highest preparedness honor to 59. Only 400 local health departments in 27 states have met national PPHR standards.
"Our public health professionals in each county work tirelessly to ensure that our communities are ready to handle any emergency event," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "The Project Public Health Ready designation demonstrates Florida's capacity to respond effectively to any emergency so that our families, businesses and communities remain safe."
The following counties received Project Public Health Ready recognition in 2014: Bay, Calhoun, Duval and Jackson. These counties were supported in their efforts to achieve this recognition by mentors and technical reviewers who had previously acted as PPHR team leads in their own counties, a system that Florida initiated and other states are adopting across the nation.
Project Public Health Ready is a collaborative initiative that sets state and national criteria in all-hazards preparedness planning, workforce capacity development and demonstration of readiness through exercises or real events. The Department has participated in PPHR since its inception in 2003. Five additional counties are currently in the process of applying for initial PPHR recognition and 11 are seeking their 5-year re-recognition. The Department anticipates all county offices will achieve PPHR status within two years.
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