CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Feb. 7, 2002
UI Center To Receive $1 Million For Public Health Preparedness
Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the University
of Iowa College of Public Health, will receive $1 million as one of 15 academic
centers nationwide that will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) for public health preparedness initiatives.
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Feb. 5 that
$20 million in funding for fiscal year 2002 will be distributed to the national
network of Centers for Public Health Preparedness. The centers, administered
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within HHS, were created
to prepare the nation's public health and health care workforce to respond
to terrorist incidents and other emerging health threats. The funding is part
of the $2.9 billion bioterrorism appropriations bill signed by President Bush
"This new funding will allow our center to move ahead
with vital education and training efforts that will enhance the preparedness
skills of everyone on the front lines of Iowa's public health system," said
ICPHP director Christopher Atchison, UI College of Public Health associate
dean for public health practice and associate professor of health management
The ICPHP, which was established in May 2001 through a
grant from the CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative, has a number of
projects underway, including a Public Health Preparedness Grand Rounds Series.
This series of programs, broadcast statewide via the Iowa Communications Network,
provides public health workers with timely and practice-focused information
on a variety of preparedness topics.
The center, in cooperation with the Center for Health
Policy and Research, also is sponsoring the conference, "New Models for a
New Reality: Improving Iowas Preparedness Capacity." The conference
will be held April 8 in the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. This meeting
will draw together experts in health, education, law, business and media to
identify strategies for strengthening Iowa's preparedness capabilities.
The ICPHP also offers an eight-month train-the-trainer
program that culminates in a certificate of public health preparedness. Approximately
60 public health professionals have been recruited
from five regions in the state to participate in the training program. Once
the participants have completed the program, they will return to their own
communities to assist with continuing training efforts.
The center's program partners include the Iowa Association
of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Emergency
Management Division, Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Medical Society, Iowa
Nurses' Association, Iowa Pharmacy Association, Iowa State University College
of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University Extension and the UI Hygienic
More information about the Iowa Center for Public Health
Preparedness and its projects can be found on the web at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/index.html.