The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement is not only a critical program for our Nation’s resiliency, it is also a vital source of funding for state, local, and territorial public health departments. For over 20 years, the PHEP cooperative agreement has provided grant funds to assist health departments bolster and enhance their abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Activities funded by the PHEP cooperative agreement have been focused on enhancing the steady-state of readiness of public health departments, establishing flexible and adaptable programs, and elevating the resiliency of our public health networks.
The increasing importance of public health agencies has resulted in an increase in federal regulations and guidance, and an increasing expectation for both local and state Public Health departments to comply with these requirements. Each year (or budget period), CDC establishes new benchmarks for the national public health capability standards for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies.