In today’s environment of an increased need to demonstrate the value of the federal investment in public health preparedness and response (PHPR), it is encouraging to see the results of the research conducted by the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRCs). Public Health Reports is pleased to publish this special supplement presenting the research generated by the PERRCs demonstrating the value of public health research that collectively advances our thinking and understanding of how to improve our public health system’s preparedness for and response to disasters.
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this special supplement of Public Health Reports reflects a confluence of three disciplinary trends in the field: (1) the application of methods, frameworks, and analytical strategies from the evolving field of public health systems and services research (PHSSR) to the specialized practice domain of PHPR; (2) a move, generally, toward more rigorous study design within the field of public health emergency preparedness and response research; and (3) the influence of themes and analytical strategies from more established fields, such as social science-oriented disaster research, psychometrics, and operations research.
The PERRC research presented in this supplement has the potential to transform the public health preparedness field in significant ways and to inform PHPR decision making while highlighting the collaborative efforts of academic researchers, public health officials and their partners, and CDC.
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