National Survey Captures Local Health Department Successes at Community Engagement in Emergency Preparedness
This summer, NACCHO, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the UPMC Center for Health Security are collaborating in the national release of the 2015 “Community Engagement for Public Health Emergency Preparedness” (CEPHEP) survey. The CEPHEP survey provides local health departments (LHDs) an important platform to document their efforts at enabling residents as well as community- and faith-based organizations to strengthen hometown readiness, response, and recovery. Emergency preparedness coordinators (EPCs) should be on the lookout for an email invitation to participate in the survey over the next few weeks. The online survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
By completing the original CEPHEP survey in 2012, EPCs helped to produce the first comprehensive, nationwide picture of how their agencies are adopting participatory and collaborative approaches to emergency preparedness. Moreover, EPCs were able to register which organizational factors (eg, leadership, able staff, willing partners, formal planning) had the most influence on their success. For more details on the 2012 findings, please click
here to see a report of the results published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.