In conjunction with ongoing events and efforts related to National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, CDC in association with ASPPH is pleased to present select articles from an upcoming American Journal of Public Health special issue.
The special issue, scheduled for release in October, highlights projects that address the translation gap between research and practice in public health preparedness and response (PHPR). The articles in this issue will showcase work conducted by seven academic centers for a CDC initiative: Translation, Dissemination, and Implementation of promising PHPR evidence-based tools and trainings. The tools and trainings selected for inclusion were developed by the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERCs) and the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) between 2008 and 2015.
The ‘First Look’ articles available on AJPH describe work in several domains, including inter-jurisdictional variance in benefit laws pertaining to emergency response volunteers; a social media learning collaborative for PHPR; a psychological first aid training coordinator guide to help responders address stress-related reactions among survivors; and a long-term care emergency preparedness portal website. The breadth of these article topics exemplify the diverse PHPR areas described in the special issue.