CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Oct. 30, 2002
UI center receives grant to enhance Iowa's public health preparedness
Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the University
of Iowa College of Public Health, has received a grant of nearly $1 million
to expand its mission of training Iowa's public health workforce to respond
to current and emerging health threats and emergencies. The one-year, $986,730
grant is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public
"This funding is a major step in the development of the Iowa Center
for Public Health Preparedness," said ICPHP director Christopher Atchison,
(left) UI College of Public Health associate dean for public health
practice and associate professor of health management and policy. "It
allows us to provide timely, vital training for Iowa's public health workers.
Such programs will help us to more quickly identify and respond to any bioterrorist
threat we might face."
The ICPHP is one of 19 academic preparedness centers nationwide developed
by the CDC. The centers link accredited schools of public health with state
and local health agencies and other partners to train the front-line public
health professionals who will respond to bioterrorist incidents and other
emerging infectious diseases.
Support for the preparedness centers is part of the $2.9 billion nationwide
bipartisan bioterrorism plan designed by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
and signed into law by President Bush as part of the final Defense funding
The ICPHP, which was established in May 2001, completed a number of projects
in its first year, including a Public Health Preparedness Grand Rounds series.
The presentations, broadcast statewide via the Iowa Communications Network,
provide public health workers with timely and practice-focused information
on a variety of preparedness topics. Another Grand Rounds series is underway
this fall and features presentations by experts from the CDC, World Health
Organization, Iowa Department of Public Health and other health-related organizations.
The center also offers an eight-month train-the-trainer program in public
health preparedness. Sixty-nine public health professionals from around the
state of Iowa are currently participating in the training program. Once the
participants have completed the program, they will return to their own communities
to assist with continuing training efforts. A new group of participants will
begin training in spring 2003.
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 Laboratory.
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.