Skip Navigation LinksHome > July/August 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 > Conceptualizing and Measuring Community Preparedness Within...
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182a5bbcc
Practice Brief Report

Conceptualizing and Measuring Community Preparedness Within Public Health Preparedness and Response: Complexities and Lessons Learned

Kun, Karen E. MPH; Rose, Dale A. PhD, MSc; Morris, Thomas MD, MPH; Salter, Monique MPH; Lamia, Tamara MPH; Bhalakia, Amee MPH; McLees, Anita W. MPH, MA

Collapse Box


Since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement has supported state, territorial, and local public health departments in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This conceptual article describes complexities identified and lessons learned in developing community preparedness performance measures for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health preparedness program. Challenges arose in (a) defining community; (b) measuring meaningful community engagement; and (c) determining a strategy for collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data from diverse state, territorial, and local health departments. This article contributes to prior work describing conceptual challenges in developing standardized measures of performance at the federal level and suggests ways to potentially mitigate general performance measurement challenges as well as measurement complexities specific to community preparedness. It may be informative for those state, territorial, and local health departments currently implementing (or contemplating implementing) community preparedness activities and for individuals more generally engaged in performance measurement.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.