As local health departments nationwide strive to protect the public from new and infectious diseases, bioterrorism, natural disasters, and other public health threats, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recognized the Hampton Health District for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Hampton Health District met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness,” said Dr. Bill Berg, district director of the health district.
“Hampton is a leader in emergency preparedness — in public health, in public safety, and in other disciplines. Still, the most important factor in determining whether we succeed in responding to an emergency will be the actions of our citizens in advance planning, cooperating with authorities, and helping each other in a time of duress. This is true for both regularly occurring emergencies such as hurricanes and unexpected ones such as bioterrorism.”
The NACCHO commended Hampton Health District for "being a model of public health emergency preparedness.”
Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a thorough evaluation process by peer review. PPHR required Hampton Health District to meet expectations in public health preparedness in three key areas: preparedness planning; workforce competency; and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event.
The recognition confirms that Hampton Health District has an emergency response plan in place, the plan is connected to other jurisdictional emergency response plans, agency staff members are trained, and the plan is exercised and used during public health emergencies.
For more information about the Hampton Health District, go to http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/lhd/Hampton/index.htmwww.vdh.virginia.gov . For those interested in volunteering to help out in a public health emergency, go to http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/MRC/peninsulamrc.
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