The 2017 Preparedness Summit, Forces of Change: Capabilities, Innovation, & Partnerships, took place Tuesday, April 25 – Friday, April 28 in Atlanta, GA. This year’s Summit was hosted by NACCHO and sponsored by several partner organizations, including ASPPH. The event brought together approximately 1800 emergency preparedness professionals to hear latest research findings and to learn about practical tools to enhance capabilities to plan and prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.
Throughout the week, presentations from faculty at ASPPH member schools of public health highlighted products developed as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (CDC OPHPR) funded Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of Public Health Preparedness and Response Research and Training project. As the Coordinating Center for the project, ASPPH sponsored a poster session and a booth in the exhibit hall to promote and disseminate the project’s resources. In addition, ASPPH convened grantees for a one-day meeting on April 24 — prior to the start of the Summit — in Atlanta to present project updates, network with colleagues, meet with CDC OPHPR project officers, and to discuss promotion and dissemination strategies.
In addition to the Summit’s learning and poster sessions, conference attendees participated in several interesting and timely plenary sessions. The opening plenary featured senior government leaders who described efforts to increase the nation’s defense against nuclear, chemical, radiological and biological agents. On Thursday morning, several highly distinguished panelists described how new technological innovations are being used to advance public health community preparedness. The meeting concluded on Friday with a plenary session focusing on how some communities are addressing climate changes that lead to higher water levels. For more information about the Summit, visit http://preparednesssummit.org/