ASPPH supports the work of the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) and Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC) located at ASPPH-member schools. This continual support is forged through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR). ASPPH works closely with CDC OPHPR staff to manage activities related to CDC-funded projects and to disseminate information on the work of the PERLC and PERRC grantees to both academicians and public health practitioners.
PHTCs (also link to ASPPH website www.asph.org/phtc) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC network improves the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of current and future public health professionals. ASPPH continues to support increased funding for PHTCs and their professional mission.
The mission of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a branch of the CDC, is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. The CDC, through the NIOSH program, provides national and global leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating the knowledge gained into practice. In addition, NIOSH supports the development of a new generation of researchers and practitioners.
The CDC invests broadly in prevention research which helps to establish strategies that strengthen the nation’s wellness and disease prevention goals. ASPPH’s member schools and programs have partnered with the CDC’s prevention research centers in order to find new vaccines, discover methods to prevent disease or develop methods to reduce incidents of harmful health habits like smoking tobacco, or relying on diets associated with chronic diseases like hypertension and obesity. ASPPH continues to support the CDC’s prevention research centers, and regularly advocates for their increased funding from the U.S. Congress.
PERLCs are located at 14 ASPPH member schools of public health to provide preparedness and response training and education to ensure a strong public health system is in place when and where it is needed. ASPPH collaborates with the PERLCs to develop a workforce capable of meeting the emergency needs of state, local, and tribal public health authorities.
PERRCs, housed in nine ASPPH member schools of public health conduct research to evaluate the structure, capabilities, and performance of the public health system as it prepares for, and responds to, threats and hazards. ASPPH collaborates with the PERRCs which are designed to connect public health experts with scientists involved in business, engineering, legal, and social sciences.