ArticleRevisiting Public Health Preparedness: Incorporating Social Justice Principles Into Pandemic Preparedness Planning for InfluenzaKayman, Harvey MD, MPH; Ablorh-Odjidja, Angela MHSAuthor Information Harvey Kayman, MD, MPH is Director, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine of the University of South Carolina; and Instructor, Center of Public Health Preparedness, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Angela Ablorh-Odjidja, MHS is Senior Analyst, Maternal and Child Health, and Program Manager, Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, The National Association of County and City Health Officials. Corresponding author: Angela Ablorh-Odjidja, MHS, The National Association of County and City Health Officials, 1100 17th Str, NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20036 (e-mail: email@example.com). This article represents the views of Dr Harvey Kayman and not necessarily the views of his cited affiliations. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July-August 2006 - Volume 12 - Issue 4 - p 373-380 Buy SDC AbstractIn Brief Public health professionals are responsible for ensuring the health of the nation, which requires that planners for public health emergencies recognize that not including protection for underserved or marginalized communities poses a risk to the entire population. To assure the protection of these populations in the event of a pandemic outbreak, preparedness planning will benefit from the application of several principles of social justice in assuring the protection of all individuals. This article will review the history between public health and social justice, provide a brief review of pandemic preparedness planning efforts, discuss the importance of and make recommendations for the incorporation of principles of social justice in the development of pandemic preparedness plans, and highlight some of the challenges faced by public health in effectively and equitably meeting its charge to protect the nation's health. This study reviews the history between public health and social justice, provides a brief review of pandemic preparedness planning efforts, discusses the importance of and makes recommendations for the incorporation principles of social justice in the development of pandemic preparedness plans, and highlights some of the challenges faced by public health in effectively and equitably meeting its charge to protect the nation's health. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.